Statement by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
May 23, 2017 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, issued the following statement on a report issued by the Canadian National Administrative Office. The statement is in response to a complaint from the Canadian Labour Congress and five Colombian labour organizations with respect to the alleged failure of the Government of Colombia to comply with its obligations under the Canada-Colombia Agreement on Labour Cooperation.
“I am pleased that Canada and Colombia have agreed to hold formal ministerial consultations, and that our countries will work together on key labour-related matters. Our joint efforts will help ensure that labour standards are respected in Colombia and that Colombian workers’ rights are protected.
Our officials have been asked to conduct the initial stages of the consultations with a view to developing a multi‑year joint action plan that will serve as a roadmap for the planning, implementation and assessment of key areas of focus. I am looking forward to working on this plan with the new Colombian Minister of Labour, Minister Griselda Janeth Restrepo, to help ensure that progress is achieved.
Our collaborative efforts will allow us to follow up on a series of recommendations made to the Government of Colombia by the Canadian National Administrative Office in response to the complaint.
In the spirit of cooperation that has characterized the relationship between our two countries, I would like to thank former Labour Minister Clara López for her collaboration and I am committed to achieving tangible results by working in partnership with Minister Restrepo.”
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