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Brazil’s Gov’t defends salary

Brazil’s Gov’t defends salary

By: Osvaldo Cardosa*
Brasilia, (Prensa Latina) Taking into account new market forms and the invariable change in work dynamics, President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, decided to make a new minimum salary evaluation policy at a recent meeting with Brazilian workers confederations.

Signed and aimed at turning it into a concrete proposal, the news note pointed to the Ministries of Labor and Employment; the Economy, Planning and Budget; Social Security; Development, Industry and Trade; as well as the General Secretariat and the President’s Civil House. The date expires in 45 days, renewable for the same period.

During talks at Planalto Palace, the Executive Power headquartersin Brasilia, they negotiated the wage readjustment, currently set at 1 302 reales (255 dollars). The idea is to improve and correct it by at least 15 percent so that it reaches1 342 reales (263 dollars).

“Our goal is to meet the (electoral) campaign promise with the resumption of the minimum salary correction policy over inflation,” Henrique Lopez, leader of the Central Workers Unity Federation (CUT) in the (central-western) state of Mato Grosso, said days before the gathering.

He highlighted that the progressive administration’s coming to power enables a more respectful look at workers, whose minimum monthly wage didn’t increase for four years.

The so-called Minimum Salary Evaluation Policy upheld by CUT and other labor confederations, and enacted during the first Lula administration (2003-2007), was shattered by defeated president, Jair Bolsonaro.

Lula insisted on building a new relationship between capital and salary. “It is because of that that we are going to set up a negotiation commission, firstly with unions, with the Government and with business executives,” he said admitting that making the proposal a reality is possible.

“(…)it is the best way to distribute income in the country. It is useless for the gross domestic product to grow if it is not distributed. It grew by 14 percent a year and workers are poorer,” the head of state pointed out.

*The writer is Prensa Latina’s correspondent in Brazil

(Taken from Orbe weekly)


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