Currently, a large part of society receives an amount based on the value of the national minimum wage. According to official surveys, nearly 36.5 million people earned the minimum wage until March 2022, among citizens with an official contract and without an official contract. In this sense, this value is defined as the minimum amount necessary for the worker to survive.
In addition, it should be noted that the minimum wage also serves as a reference for various benefits, such as retirement and pension INSS (National Institute of Social Security) and PIS / PASEP Salary Bonus.
Thus, as most Brazilians know, the value of the minimum wage is adjusted every year so that workers, at the very least, do not lose their purchasing power. This is mainly due to the progress of inflation. Thus, in order for citizens not to suffer, the government gives the increase according to the inflation index of the past 12 months.
The current national minimum wage is R$1,212. However, the government is already making forecasts for the next year 2023, according to official information. It is worth noting that the modification is provided by federal constitutionwhose text specifies that salary adjustment cannot be less than inflation.
Minimum wage may have a new value
In October of this year, the Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea) released new inflation forecasts for 2022. Adjusted to 6%. In practice, this new figure could mean a significant change in the pocket of Brazilian workers during 2023, as this level could affect the minimum wage.
Officially, the government can use inflation data to determine the minimum wage for the following year. The general idea is that the citizen does not lose his purchasing power. Looking at the data from this inflation forecast, the salary could be 1,284.72 in 2023, an increase of R$72.72.
The latest estimate given by the Ministry of Nationality for minimum wage points to R$1,292 in 2023. In addition to the value of R$1,284.72 mentioned in this article, there is still no confirmation in this regard. It is necessary to wait a few more months for the Department of Citizenship to make a decision based on a number of factors.
‘Perfect’ national ground
No matter what value the government will set, the truth is that it will be far from what is considered ideal. Today, the majority of Brazilian workers receive far less than they need to live with a minimum of dignity.
At least that is what the data from the Department of Statistics and Socio-Economic Studies (Dieese) shows. According to the survey, the present value of the minimum wage should be at least R$6,388.55 in September.
Dieese states that he arrives at this number taking into account price data for the basic food basket and inflation. They also consider that every citizen needs to live in dignity not only to eat, but also to consume a number of other products.
In a recent interview, President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) said he would push for a higher minimum wage adjustment. The candidate made his statement during an interview with Journal da Record on Record TV. By the way, the head of state was asked about his attitude to not giving the real increase in recent years.
“It was because of the epidemic, we spent R$700 billion in 2020, not only to fight the virus, but also resources for states and municipalities. For emergency aid. We paid emergency aid to 68 million people in 2020. We can’t get past the adjustment,” Bolsonaro said. equivalent to inflation.
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