“This proposal for a 10% readjustment is absurd. We have already had an inflationary loss since 2015. In 2019, we made an agreement with the governor, providing for a share of 13% and another two for 12%. He didn’t fulfill the last two, we tried to negotiate and he hasn’t talked to us until today. And the value is much less than half of the recomposition. This fell like a bomb for the category, which is outraged”, says researcher Wemerson Oliveira, advisor to the Civil Police Servants Union of the State of Minas Gerais (Sindipol).
Sindipol and the other entities that organize the public security strike did not agree with the proposal made by Governor Romeu Zema (Novo), on Thursday afternoon (24), for a salary review of 10.06% for state employees. , effective from May. According to the governor, the proposal would be forwarded to the Legislative Assembly with an urgent request.
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For the morning of this Friday (25), the unions convened a new act, scheduled for the Administrative City. On Monday (21), civil and military police, prison agents, experts and administrative professionals had already taken to the streets, in a demonstration that started the strike, totaling about 30,000 people, according to organizers. It was the biggest act against the Zema government since the beginning of the governor’s term.
Tax Recovery Regime: loss of rights
Also on Monday, representatives of the categories delivered to the president of the Legislative Assembly, Agostinho Patrus (PV), a manifesto against Minas joining the Fiscal Recovery Regime, provided for in the Bill (PL) 1202/2019, authored by the executive power. If this project is approved, the state will be under the control of a supervisory board of the Union and readjustments will be prohibited for nine years.
In October 2021, Zema sent an urgent request to the Assembly for the processing of PL 1202, which prevents other matters, such as the salary recomposition of civil servants, from being voted on in the plenary. When announcing the 10% review for civil servants, the governor promised that he would withdraw the RRF’s urgent request, but as of Thursday night, that had not yet occurred.
At the beginning of the week, Zema had promised a 10% readjustment on the condition that the adhesion to the Tax Recovery Regime was approved. For security servers, this trade-off is not advantageous. “His proposal will not recover all the losses since 2015, only the 2021 inflation rate of 10%. But, even if there was a recomposition, with the Regime, we would lose all that in the next nine years”, argues Wemerson Oliveira.
Expulsion of journalists, armed protesters
In the act of the 21st, some protesters were seen armed, although the practice is not allowed. According to the Constitution, article 5, “everyone can assemble peacefully, without weapons, in places open to the public, regardless of authorization, provided that they do not frustrate another meeting previously convened for the same place, only requiring prior notice to the authority. competent”.
Some protesters expelled a journalist and a film reporter from the street who were trying to cover the act on TV Globo. The position was repudiated by the National Federation of Journalists (Fenaj) and the Union of Professional Journalists of Minas Gerais (SJPMG).
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“The demand for salary replacement is a right of all workers, whether in public security, education, the press or health. And it is the role of journalism to investigate and report on such manifestations”, say the entities, in joint note.
For Fenaj and the union, it is not surprising that the violence against journalists occurs in a demonstration of categories that, in large part, make up Bolsonaro’s electoral base. “And the biggest contradiction lies in the fact that these categories support a president and a governor, Romeu Zema (Novo), who most removed rights from the working class”, concludes the note.
Between the wage struggle and ideology
The public safety strike has had the support of officers, chiefs and delegates. For the former sergeant of the Military Police of São Paulo, José Antônio Burato, the participation of the officers is a sign that it is not just a strike with salary motivation, but a movement behind which there is also a greater political articulation.
For him, what comes after these demonstrations is worrying, with the strengthening of conservative leaders, the destabilization of governments and democracy. “Wage mobilization is fair and legitimate, but the police are a force of coercion. Then, in society, who will be able to contain them?”, asks Burato, who is the author of the book “The dictatorship in the trigger: the institutionalization of police violence”.
Regarding the PM, the former sergeant recalls that most police officers are people from the periphery, coming from low-income families, who seek a better life in the corporation. Once recruited, these people are subjected to repressive treatments, but also to a very conservative ideological formation. All of this ends up working to shape the policeman’s personality, keep him disciplined and obedient, in a profession where officers are highly paid but soldiers are not well paid.
“They learn concepts of militarism that make them feel different from civilians, better, more honest. They make them feel like heroes, for the hero can earn badly, risk his life, endure degrading services. And he starts to think like a 24/7 soldier, not someone who came from where he came from. All this because they have to fulfill their order-keeping role,” he explains.
Government of Mines
The report tried to contact the Secretary of Planning and Management (Seplag) and the Secretary of Justice and Public Security (Sejusp) of Minas Gerais, but, until the closing of the edition, there was no response.
Source: BdF Minas Gerais
Editing: Elis Almeida