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Minister of Labor defends appreciation of wages and modernization of the union system

Upon assuming the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Luiz Marinho said that he intends to take to the National Congress a proposal to permanently preserve the minimum wage above inflation.

“We are going to present a proposal for a real appreciation of the minimum wage to President Lula”, added Marinho during the handover ceremony, in Brasília, held this Tuesday (3).

Marinho also said that President Lula’s government wants to increase labor productivity in the country. According to him, the path to changes in labor relations in the country lies in the growth of the Brazilian economy.

“We want and need to increase labor productivity to generate value for our economy,” he commented.

The minister also said that he will prioritize tripartite dialogues to build a legislation that modernizes the union system and labor relations to approximate the best existing practices in the world. He also stated that he will not return with the union tax.

“Strengthening (of unions) goes through the process of prioritizing collective bargaining. Forget union tax, this will no longer exist in Brazil”, said Marinho, as he left the ceremony of transferring his position at the Ministry, in Brasília.


The new minister also said in his speech that he will take the portfolio’s agenda to the center of political decisions. He also stated that the work will be the instrument to end hunger and reduce poverty in the country.

“I will do everything to ensure that the work agenda has a leading role and that it is at the center of political decisions in the country”, he highlighted.

According to Marinho, his work, together with President Lula, will be to transform Brazil with “decent jobs, good wages, union and social security protection for everyone in the country”.

The minister also said that jobs will be the basis for economic growth. “A country where work will be a fundamental instrument to end hunger and reduce poverty”, he emphasized.

*With information from Estadão Content

Source: CNN Brasil

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