The Department of Labor’s Office of Trade and Labor Affairs has accepted for review a submission alleging that the government of Colombia has violated the labor chapter of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement as follows.

- failed to effectively enforce its labor laws through a sustained and recurring course of action or inaction in a manner that affects trade or investment

- waived or otherwise derogated from its statutes or regulations in a manner affecting trade or investment

- failed to adopt and maintain in its statutes and regulations, and practices thereunder, the rights as stated in the International Labor Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

- failed to ensure that the proceedings in its administrative, judicial or labor tribunals are transparent and do not entail unwarranted delays

- failed to ensure that final decisions in such proceedings are made available without undue delay

OTLA states that this announcement does not indicate any determination as to the validity or accuracy of the allegations; instead, the objective of the review will be to gather information so the agency can better understand the allegations and publicly report on the issues raised therein in light of the Colombian government’s obligations. OTLA expects to complete its review and issue a public report within 180 days.

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