Government officials discuss reforming Colombia’s Labor Code to align labor practices with advances in international labor law.
The initiative aims to encourage talks between the government and labor leaders about production and union leadership, reported newspaper El Espectador, who also said that the initiative, “will promote the incorporation of advances in domestic relations law and labor rights, international labor agreements, and protection of working conditions.”
It was initially presented as a process to eliminate unnecessary paperwork and procedures and to guarantee the mobility and protection of the labor market, according to the newspaper.
A government official told El Espectador that the National Development Plan presented by President Juan Manuel Santos provides that, “through dialogue with business associations and labor organizations, the Ministry of Social Security will boost modernization of the Labor Code, “
Officials hope that this initiative will further the president’s plan to set up job creation incentives, increase productivity, reduce incentives for employee turnover, and promote an efficient labor market consistent with the new forms of production and the dynamics of technological transformation.
The 117 article, Law 50 of 1990, modified industrial relations and social security in the Labor Code as well as established unemployment funds and regulations for fixed-term contracts, temporary employment, and sub-contracting.