Advancing Labor Compliance in Colombia’s Ports Sector

The Advancing Labor Compliance in Colombia’s Ports Sector project works to improve Colombia’s compliance with local and international labor rights included in national legislation. These labor rights include freedom of association, collective bargaining, prohibition against discrimination at work, elimination of forced labor and child labor, and rights to acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, hours of work, and occupational health and safety.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Office of Trade and Labor Affairs, this project will be implemented from December 2020 to December of 2024. In order to implement activities, Partners of the Americas (Partners) is collaborating with U.S.-based implementing partner Social Accountability International (SAI), a highly experienced international organization in advancing human rights in the workplace. At the local level, the project’s implementing partners include Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, a top-ranked higher education institution serving Colombian communities in promoting a more just society, and Fundación Carvajal, a non-profit organization implementing community programming in Cali and Buenaventura.

The Advancing Labor Compliance in Colombia’s Port Sector project will implement innovative strategies to reach four expected outcomes. In order to achieve this, the project will conduct a comprehensive port sector assessment alongside relevant public, private, and civil society stakeholders to build a common understanding of the problems in the sector, co-design solutions to the issues, and build activities based on the results and needs of the sector.

The project outcomes are:

  1. Increase understanding of barriers to compliance with national laws related to internationally recognized labor rights in Colombia’s port sector.
  2. Development of approaches to support compliance with internationally recognized labor standards in Colombia’s port sector.
  3. Demonstrate the effectiveness of approaches to support compliance with national laws related to internationally recognized labor rights in Colombia’s port sector.
  4. Increased awareness and adoption of approaches to support compliance with national laws related to internationally recognized labor rights in Colombia’s port sector.

By reaching these outcomes, Partners and the collaborating institutions hope to create a more just workplace environment in Colombia’s port sector.

 

Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-35742-20-75-K. 100% of the total costs of the project is financed with federal funds, for a total of U.S. $5,000,000 dollars. This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.