“It could be that there is no adjustment for anyone,” Bolsonaro said Saturday in Brasilia. “Anything is possible,” he added, emphasizing that raises aren’t a given and pleading for “sensibility.”
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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro floated the possibility that public servants will not get a raise for the fourth year straight, excusing tension by laborers that has prompted freight holdups and work slowdowns. Pressure for higher wages is the ideal most recent fiscal headache for Bolsonaro, who will likely have to veto parts of the 2022 budget that was supported by Congress without enough cash for mandatory costs, according to an economy minister official familiar with the matter.
A 10% salary increase for federal public servants would cost public coffers 20 billion reais ($3.5 billion), and there’s no budget space for that, the person said, asking for anonymity as the discussion isn’t public.