Nursing professionals made a stoppage and took to the streets in all regions of the country this Tuesday (14) to claim payment of the minimum wage for the category. Approved by the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies in 2022, the floor is not being paid due to a decision by the Federal Supreme Court (STF), which alleged uncertainty about the origin of the resources to guarantee the payments.
The acts were convened by entities representing the category, such as the National Federation of Nurses (FNE), unions and class councils. Groups representing professionals from different states went to Brasília for an event at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health. In addition, there were mobilizations organized by local entities.
In Belo Horizonte (MG) hundreds of professionals met in the streets of the central region of the city for the act. “(The nursing floor) is already law and there has already been a change in the Federal Constitution. Now, we need mayors and employers to speed it up”, said Belo Horizonte councilor Bruno Pedralva (PT), who is a family and community doctor .
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The act in Rio de Janeiro brought together about 800 people, according to the State Nurses Union (Sindenf-RJ). The group gathered next to a hospital in the northern part of the capital of Rio de Janeiro and set off on a walk to the Maracanã stadium, which is located in the same region.
Category professionals also protested in João Pessoa (PB), where the group put pressure on the city hall and the government of Paraíba. Mobilizations were also carried out in other cities in the state such as Monteiro, Patos, Campina Grande and Sapé.
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In the Amazonian capital, Manaus, the participants of the act went to the Legislative Assembly of Amazonas (Aleam) to pressure state deputies and deputies. The event was organized by the Amazonas Regional Nursing Council (Coren-AM) and the Amazonas Nursing Entities Forum (Feeam).
There was also mobilization in Porto Alegre (RS). The act convened by the Union of Nurses of Rio Grande do Sul (Sergs) traveled through the streets of the capital of Rio Grande do Sul until reaching the Piratini Palace, seat of the state government, where a letter was delivered to the state government requesting support to ensure the implementation of the floor.
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In Pernambuco, the state nurses union joined the national agenda to local demands to ensure the implementation of the floor in the state network and in the municipalities.
“We know that even if the Provisional Measure (which will regulate the floor) is approved, there are many municipalities that do not want to debate basic issues such as job and career plans or who has a different workday and needs to receive a different salary”, explains the nurse Ludmila Outtes, president of the Union of Nurses in the State of Pernambuco (SEEPE).
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The text that regulated the National Nursing Floor provides for a base salary of BRL 4,750 for nurses for 40 hours of work per week. Nursing technicians would have a guaranteed minimum salary of 70% of the amount paid to nurses (that is, R$3,325), while nursing assistants and midwives would have a base salary of 50% of the amount paid to nurses (R$2,375).
The subject has been discussed by the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) since the implementation of the transitional cabinet, in November last year. In early February, after a series of meetings between the Ministry of Health and entities representing the category, a draft of the Provisional Measure (MP) was drawn up that regulates the source of payment for the floor. The expectation is that this text will be published by March.
Editing: Nicolau Soares
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