Civil Servant Day: entities protest for the future of

This Thursday (28) is Public Servant Day. To mark the date, entities and civil servants from all over the country will carry out several actions, especially in Brasília, where parliamentarians are about to vote on the administrative reform (PEC 32).

“The situation in Brazil is extremely serious, not only for workers in the sector, but for the very existence of the public service, this social protection. With the SUS that proved to be so decisive at a time of pandemic, Fiocruz, research by universities and federal institutes were fundamental in this period of pandemic”, highlights the general coordinator of the Union of Administrative Technicians of UFRGS, UFCSPA and IFRS (Assufrgs ), Berna Menezes.

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In Rio Grande Sul, movements and unions are preparing mobilizations for the late afternoon, in front of the City Hall and also at the door of the Piratini Palace.

The acts in the state capital are driven by the Union of Municipalities of Porto Alegre (Simpa), the State Teachers Center of RS (CPERS Union), the Union of Federal Public Servants of Rio Grande do Sul (Sindiserf/RS) and the Front of Public Servants of RS (FSP/RS).

All this protective fabric and the quality of public services provided, emphasizes the president of the Union of Public Servants of Rio Grande do Sul (Sindsepe-RS), Diva Luciana Flores da Costa, has been attacked for many years by different governments. “However, the last period has been devastating. The ultraliberal governments of Bolsonaro and Eduardo Leite have been carrying out the harshest attacks on the careers and rights of female servants, thus harming the provision of basic services to which each and every one is entitled. Leite has already approved here in RS practically the entire administrative reform of Bolsonaro”, points out the director.

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As Berna pointed out, Diva stresses the importance of public services during the pandemic, especially last year. She observes that these same servers that guarantee the provision of health, assistance and education to the population, have had their salaries frozen for seven years. Many of them receive a basic salary lower than the minimum wage and there is also confiscation in the salary of retirees, resulting from the state social security reform implemented by Governor Leite. “The applause received by health professionals during the pandemic is useless if we do not value the space they and they occupy as public servants”, she concludes.

“Unfortunately, there is no government policy regarding the support and strengthening of the SUS, the same thing with public education. Like here in the state where the governor wants to hand over the Education Institute to the private sector. There is a brutal offensive by these governments”, adds Berna. She also criticizes the privatizations promoted by both the federal and state governments. “Banks, mining companies, health plans and agribusiness won the pandemic”, he emphasizes.

Acceleration of blasting by PEC 32

About to be voted on in the National Congress, the PEC 32 will worsen the situation of the public service. This is a unanimous conclusion of the union entities of the categories that involve the public service in the three spheres of power. A loss that, as warned by the secretary general of the Union of Federal Public Servants and Employees of RS (Sindiserf/RS), Marizar Mansilha de Melo, will affect above all the most vulnerable population.

“We will defeat this reform that means the end of public service for society. We knew that the 2016 coup was to take people’s rights away, hence the labor and social security reforms. Now, the ball is the public service. Therefore, we are going to continue the pressure and denounce the deputies who vote against society”, he emphasizes.

In the evaluation of the president of Sindicaixa, Érico Corrêa, the reform proposed by Bolsonaro means the destruction of public services offered to the population and the end of careers and the rights of civil servants. Just as it creates other formulas for links in the public sector and maintains all the privileges of “top of the pyramid” careers.

In the case of the state, the leader also claims that Eduardo Leite’s government implemented a good part of the reform headed by the federal government, with the popularly known “Pacote da Morte” in early 2020. “That’s why we had a big strike. Unfortunately, we were defeated and the government managed to reduce the salaries of retirees, through the social security contribution, extinguished temporary advantages and a series of other measures harmful to the civil servants as a whole”, he points out.

“Currently, the federal government is seeking to approve its administrative reform project, PEC 32/2020. Economy Minister Paulo Guedes throws all his forces into a proposal that does not reduce public spending and does not reduce taxes, but takes away the stability of the civil servant and paves the way for privatization and political patronage in public positions. We will not accept this setback, which affects the population that most needs it”, highlights the president of CPERS, Helenir Aguiar Schürer.

For the president of Sintergs, Antonio Augusto Medeiros, the attacks coming from the three spheres of power (federal, state, municipal) are constant attempts to criminalize public servants, with the objective of attacking and ending the fundamental rights of the constitution and delivering services for the private initiative. “This is what is at stake, whether with the PEC 32 of Bolsonaro and Guedes, which definitely aims to exterminate fundamental social rights and commercialize all public services, either with Constitutional Amendment 95 or with the approved administrative reform of the Eduardo Leite government in 2019.”

As the leaders point out, without public service there are no rights and there is no democracy. In addition to marking the civil servant’s day on Thursday, the entities will talk with the population about the importance of public service and about the dismantling that has been taking place and the impacts that this generates for society.

Municipalities prepare mobilization

The municipalities of Porto Alegre will also mobilize this Thursday. Among the main agendas is the demand for inflationary replacement of 28.13%, which has not been given for five years, although it is guaranteed by law. The Union also highlights that civil servants suffer a series of other losses, including the increase in social security contributions from 11% to 14% and irrecoverable losses in their careers and in their retirement due to changes in municipal legislation.

“Other than that, municipal employees – mainly in essential services involving health, the Foundation for Social Assistance and Citizenship (Fasc), the Municipal Department of Water and Sewage (Dmae) and the Municipal Department of Urban Cleaning (DMLU) – had during the pandemic, 100% face-to-face work to serve the population. Servers risked their lives throughout this period, and at the height of the pandemic without vaccination. This demonstrates the servants’ dedication to the city”, says the entity’s general director, João Ezequiel.

The leader clarifies that the municipal Executive had suspended the negotiation, but with pressure from the entity, it was resumed. However, so far, no concrete proposal has been officially presented. “The government speaks of Law 173, of Bolsonaro, which froze everything and therefore they would not be able to replace it now. For us at Simpa, replacement is not a salary increase and therefore replacement would not be covered by the law. We continue to demand the payment of inflation replacement since everything increases almost daily”, he explains.

To correct part of these losses, the Union defends, in addition to replacement, the review of the value of the food stamps and the beginning of payment of delayed progressions since 2012 and 2014. As well as other items on the list of claims, including the holding of competitions public positions in positions that no longer have a public examination in force and the summoning of those approved in the public examinations in force.

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Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul

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