After revising and increasing the estimate of the National Consumer Price Index (INPC), which went from 2.35% to 4.10%, government forecasts point to a new value for the minimum wage from 2021. In the new projection, the national floor may go from the current R $ 1,045 to R $ 1,087.85.
The increase will be R $ 42.85 in relation to the predecessor. If approved by Congress, the adjustment will be implemented in January and will begin to be paid in early February. It is worth noting that the calculation will be made only based on this year’s inflation.
Previously, still in April, the government predicted that the INPC would suffer an increase of 3.27% in 2020. However, the percentage decreased to 2.09% in July. For these percentages, the estimated values would establish the minimum to the amounts of R $ 1,079 and R $ 1,067, respectively.
Increase in inflation
Based on the inflation projections for the year 2020, the INPC values can still be changed until the last day of the year. An example was the changes at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, when there was an increase from R $ 1,039 to R $ 1,045. Thus, there are initially only projections.
The current government ended the policy of real adjustment of the minimum wage above real gains in 2019. Thus, the wage value is limited to following the determination of the Constitution, which defends the preservation of the purchasing power of citizens.
In 1994, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (PSDB) implemented the real minimum wage gain shortly after the adoption of the Real Plan. Years later, the PT governments formalized the measure.
No real earnings
In Bolsonaro’s administration, without the real gain in the minimum wage, the government guarantees financial relief, since the salary increase automatically adjusts welfare and social security benefits. It is estimated that for the increase of each R $ 1 in the value of the salary, the government annually increases R $ 355 million in expenses.
Calculations by the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (Dieese) show that more than 49 million Brazilians live on a minimum wage. According to the Department, the monthly remuneration should be more than R $ 4 thousand per month and not R $ 1,045, current value.
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