The federal government reserved R$526 million for holding competitions in its 2024 Budget proposal sent on Thursday (31) to the National Congress. The same proposal does not provide for salary adjustments for current employees.
“No matter how legitimate the claim may be, it would prove to be an imprudent measure, given the restrictive fiscal scenario for 2024”, justified the government, in the Budget proposal.
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This restrictive fiscal scenario has to do with the fiscal rules he proposed to Congress and also with the fiscal result target established for next year. When speaking about the Budgetary Guidelines Bill (PLDO) for 2024, the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad (PT), and the Minister of Planning, Simone Tebet (MDB), stated that the idea is to spend the same amount that will be collected –that is, zero deficit.
For economists interviewed by Brasil de Fato and even government allies, such as federal deputy Gleisi Hoffmann, national president of the PT, this goal could harm government investments or even social programs. The government denies it.
This year’s Budget had R$11.6 billion for the readjustment of servers. The value made room for a 9% increase in the salaries of federal public employees. The adjustment was sanctioned by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) in April and applied in May.
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According to the government, a possible 1% adjustment for civil servants in 2024 would cost the federal government around R$3.4 billion.
Even before the announcement of the PLDO, on Tuesday (29), the Confederation of Workers in the Federal Public Service (Condsef), had already expressed concern about the lack of resources for improvements to civil servants in 2024.
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For Sérgio Ronaldo da Silva, secretary general of the entity, this is incompatible with the reconstruction of the Brazilian State, one of the central campaign banners that helped President Lula’s return to his third term.
“Taking into account that R$300 billion appeared for the agribusiness group and, for us, tips? It’s not possible,” he said, highlighting that servers have suffered salary losses of 30% in recent years.
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Also according to PLDO, there will be competitions for hiring civil servants in 2024. The government has already announced selections of 8,000 permanent civil servants and another 8,000 temporary civil servants for the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
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“We have a forecast of competitions, both already authorized and new competitions. We have R$ 526 million foreseen in the (budgetary) part”, declared the Budget Secretary of the Ministry of Planning, Paulo Bijos, in a press conference held on Thursday (31).
The government is considering holding a unified competition to fill vacancies in the federal public service, with tests carried out simultaneously in 180 cities. The information was revealed by the Minister of Management and Innovation in Public Services, Esther Dweck.
The Secretary of People Management of the @gestaogovbr explains the objectives of the National Competition in this interview for the @canalgov
📺 In a little while, he will be live on the Ministry channel 😉https://t.co/S3tQmckRLq
— Esther Dweck (@edweck_rj) September 1, 2023
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho