Lula debates minimum wage with unions in Brazil    September 5th

Lula debates minimum wage with unions in Brazil September 5th

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will today debate with leaders and union representatives in Brazil on increasing the national minimum wage with percentages above inflation.

Labor Minister Luiz Marinho will also attend the meeting and, according to the head of the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT) in the state of Mato Grosso (Central-West), Henrique Lopes, will bring about the inauguration of the progressive government It is possible the workers who have been four years without raising the minimum monthly payment should be viewed with more respect.

He reiterated that the dialogue between the headquarters and the federal government at the Planalto Palace, the seat of the executive branch in this capital, aims to negotiate the readjustment of the minimum wage, which is set at 1,302 reais ($255).

The idea of ​​the CUT is to improve the value by at least a 15 percent correction to 1,342 reais ($263).

“Our goal is to fulfill the (election) campaign promise of resuming the policy of adjusting the minimum wage above inflation,” Lopes said.

During the audience with Lula, union leaders expect to also form the so-called national negotiating table.

One group focused on discussion of working-class issues, including immediate resolution of labor regulation issues through motion and collective bargaining.

At least the first two points were defended by Lula during the election campaign and are now being addressed by his new government. The panel has 90 days to present its conclusions.

The so-called minimum wage assessment policy, defended by the CUT and other union headquarters and introduced in Lula’s first government, was destroyed by defeated President Jair Bolsonaro, the unionists denounce.

Since his first year in office in 2019, the ex-soldier has never readjusted the minimum above inflation, the CUT recalls.

In the Labor Party governments (Lula (2003-2010) and Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016), the minimum wage rose 77 percent above inflation. Currently, workers are facing wage cuts.