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The Colombian Labor Action Plan: A Five Year Update

In the context of congressional consideration of the CTPA, the Obama Administration negotiated with the administration of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos an Action Plan to address labor issues that previously had seemed intractable. These issues included, among others, violence and discrimination against trade union members, impunity for acts of labor-related violence, delays and backlogs in the program to protect threatened unionists, widespread fake worker cooperatives used to undermine workers’ rights, and illegal use of collective pacts negotiated with individual workers to weaken unions and avoid collective bargaining. The Action Plan detailed concrete steps that Colombia would take within specified time frames to address such major areas of labor concern. The two governments initialed the Action Plan on April 7, 2011.

You may read the full report here.