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Colombia – Labour minister denounces labour market middlemen

13 February 2014

Colombia’s Minister of Labour, Rafael Pardo, has denounced labour market intermediaries for charging job applicants placement fees, a practice that is illegal in Colombia, reports portafolio.co.

Minister Pardo made the announcement in the city of Villavicencio, situated 45 miles south-east of the capital city of Bogotá. He also announced the launch of an investigation into the recruitment of personnel for oil companies in the Meta department (region), of which Villavicencio is the capital, situated to the east of the Andes.

Minister Pardo made assurances that the Labour Ministry will continue to monitor labour market intermediaries to ensure that they are not illegally charging jobseekers. He also pointed out that the country’s public employment service has 188 offices across the country, and provides free and transparent support to jobseekers.

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