With no adjustment since 2019, Rio’s civil servants pressure Paes and councilors for salary increases

The budget committee of the Rio de Janeiro City Council approved a sub-amendment by Councilor Lindbergh Farias (PT) to oblige Mayor Eduardo Paes (PSD) to make a 10% readjustment in the salaries of municipal servants as of the January 2022 payroll. Since 2019, civil servants have had no adjustment in their salaries.

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The vote in the plenary of the Chamber will take place next Tuesday (14) and the expectation is for approval by the councilors. The sub-amendment derives from an amendment proposed by Lindbergh that intended to increase the wages of servers since the last adjustment, in 2019. The councilor stated that the victory is, so far, partial, but should be celebrated.

“It’s still not a total victory, but it’s a very important partial victory. And it was possible thanks to the commitment of councilor Rosa Fernandes (PSC), president of the budget committee. The losses of employees exceed 19%, so we still want to conclude the losses of 2019 and 2020,” said Lindbergh, who called the servers to mobilize for a vote next week.

No crisis

For the coordinator of the State Union of Education Professionals (Sepe-RJ) Izabel Costa, the City of Rio needs to “transform the adjustment into reality”, since, according to her, Eduardo Paes has gone to the newspapers to affirm that the capital’s management is overcoming the financial crisis.

“The municipal civil servant can no longer pay the bill for the crisis in Rio de Janeiro, a crisis that the city hall itself has been pointing out is being overcome, a city hall with an increase in revenue, which unfortunately received part of the budget from Cedae, which had an increase From royalties. This is the time to define how we are going to start 2022,” said Izabel.

A yearbook published in August by the Federation of Industries of Rio de Janeiro (Firjan) showed that the state of Rio’s revenue with royalties Oil rose 225% in 11 years, jumping from R$1.2 billion to R$3.9 billion. Regarding the privatization of the State Water and Sewage Company (Cedae), governor Cláudio Castro (PL) and Paes signed an agreement for the capital to receive R$ 5.5 billion.

“Intellectual Mentor”

Representative of the workers of the municipal urban cleaning company, Comlurb, Célio Viana, better known as Célio Gari, recalled that the current municipal secretary of Finance, licensed federal deputy Pedro Paulo (DEM), was rapporteur in the National Congress for the complementary bill 39/2020, which froze the salaries of civil servants in the country, and defender of PLC 04/2021, equally content, at the municipal level.

“In November, we held a great unified act at the City Hall’s door to Eduardo Paes and his secretary, Pedro Paulo, intellectual mentor of this perverse freeze on civil servants’ salaries for more than two years. Our category has been suffering several attacks in the Bolsonaro government, with the labor reform, with MP 927/20 that stopped paying 70% vacation bonus to Comlurb workers and that the municipal government of Crivella approved without mercy”, claims Célio.

Comlurb is the largest urban cleaning company in Latin America, with around 20 thousand employees. According to Célio, the street sweepers did not stop taking to the streets at any time during the covid-19 pandemic and it is not fair that wage tightening measures that use the sanitary crisis reach precisely the workers who are fighting the problem.

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“We are 13 thousand street sweepers, this data gives an idea of ​​the importance of cleanliness in our city. We never stopped carrying out our tasks, even at the very serious risk of extreme unhealthy conditions, high risk of contamination. It was a birth to put the sweepers in the priority list of vaccination, there were many deaths of employees”, reports the representative of workers from Comlurb.

“This replacement, which will be voted on in the plenary of the Chamber, is part of the recognition. We had payments of aid, bonuses and qualifications suspended. We now want the city hall to recognize our work. As in health, the education servers were essential for that we managed to get through the pandemic in the best possible way”, concludes Izabel Costa, from Sepe-RJ.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Mariana Pitasse

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