Colombia government sends labor reform to Congress, aims to cut hours

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By Luis Jaime Acosta and Carlos Vargas BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s government presented a labor reform bill to Congress on Thursday that would reduce working hours and boost overtime pay, but critics say the measures could hurt job creation. The bill is part of a raft of reforms being pushed by President Gustavo Petro, the country’s first leftist leader, as he looks to fight poverty. Congress passed a major tax reform last year and is debating changes to the healthcare system. The government is expected to present a pension reform proposal next week. Petro’s coalition has a majority in Congr…

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