Curaao enacts discriminatory law

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The parliament of Curaçao has voted in controversial legislation obliging companies to ensure that at least 80 percent of their staff are of Curaçaoan origin. The opposition has branded the new law discriminatory.

The Pueblo Soberano party, a member of the ruling coalition in Curaçao, put forward the legislation. It says the law will defend the rights of Curaçao’s labour force in the face of illegal workers employed for low wages and under poor working conditions.

Curaçao is a Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela. It is a former Dutch colony and currently enjoys the status of a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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