Federal civil servants promoted a mobilization act in Brasilia, this Wednesday (30) due to the federal government’s salary adjustment proposal, which is less than 1% for 2024. The act took place in front of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and included the participation of parliamentarians and leaders of various unions and union federations.
“Yesterday we had a table (for negotiation with the government) and we left that table with a very negative result,” said Ivanilda Reis, general coordinator of the Federation of Unions of Technical-Administrative Workers in Public Higher Education Institutions in Brazil (Fasubra). According to her, the government’s proposal does not recompose the losses and the category is mobilized in the construction of a strike.
At the National Permanent Negotiation Table held this Tuesday (29), the Government reported that there is budgetary space reserved in the 2024 Budget Law Project for salary readjustments of civil servants of approximately R$ 1.5 billion.
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For the general coordinator of the National Union of Federal Servants of Basic, Professional and Technological Education (Sinasefe), David Lobão, the proposal was received with surprise. “For the 2024 readjustment, you want to give a 1% readjustment. The government presented us with a freeze on our wages for 2024, a situation in which civil servants have wage losses ranging from 35% to 55%, wage losses are very high and the government tries to freeze our salaries and that is unacceptable”, said Lobão, who also criticized the new fiscal framework, which according to him is a law “harmful” to the interests of public servants.
In July, the category filed a request for wage recomposition that revolves around 39%, with payment staggered in 2024, 2025 and 2026. The proposal is to recompose wage losses resulting from the increase in inflation and the lack of wage readjustments in the last seven years. In March, the Federal Government granted a salary adjustment of 9%, paid from July this year, but even so, for the category the proposal is considered insufficient to cover these losses.
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“More than 80% of federal public servants receive salaries below R$ 4 thousand reais, which means that we are neither privileged nor marajós, we are public servants who need to recover our purchasing power”, observes Lobão.
Also present at the act, federal deputy Fernanda Melchionna (PSOL-RS), criticized the government’s proposal and recalled that the election of President Lula was also due to the mobilization of civil servants.
“The loss was six years of salary freeze, we are talking about estimates ranging from 30% to 60% depending on the inflationary index and you are feeling it in your skin, paying rent, going to the supermarket, in addition to the lack of servers in several areas”, pointed out the parliamentarian, who also commented on the threats with the vote on PEC 32, on administrative reform.
“They want to lower public servants’ salaries, as they did with the CLT, with Temer’s labor reform, but those of us who elected Lula to fight must say the opposite, the labor reform must be revoked, what we need is a a real salary increase, a policy that guarantees money for the working class to have more conditions to live and feed the economy”.
After the meeting of the National Negotiation Board, the Union Bench, which represents workers from different sectors of the federal public service, published a note in which they highlight the “indignation” at the proposal presented by the government for a recomposition of less than 1%. The Union Bench is formed by CUT, CTB, CSB, Força Sindical, UGT, among other union representations.
“The Bench points out that this amount is considered insufficient to meet the demand for salary recomposition necessary to cover the inflationary losses faced by the civil service”, highlights an excerpt from the note.
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With the government’s proposal, the possibility of a strike is not ruled out. In another passage, the union bench points out that “union representatives decided to call a national plenary of civil servants to discuss a mobilization calendar, including the possibility of a strike”.
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Source: BdF Federal District
Editing: Márcia Silva