After three months of strike, the servers of the Central Bank (BC) approved the return to work in union assembly this morning. The category will return to work, but intends to continue the movement with standard operations, to slow down internal projects.
Through the press office, the BC informed that the dissemination of statistics will gradually resume. There is still no definition of dates, which will be communicated about 24 hours in advance.
In a note, the National Union of Central Bank Employees (Sinai) reported that, despite the end of the strike, new mobilization and protest activities are being debated within the category and will be released over the next few weeks. The entity assured that the movement did not harm the provision of essential services over the last three months.
“From the beginning, the strike movement took place in an orderly and responsible manner, guaranteeing the maintenance of essential services for Brazilian citizens, such as Pix”, highlighted the text. The union reported that the mobilization “fulfilled its role”, because the BC sent proposals to the Ministry of Economy for the restructuring of the career, which involves non-salary aspects, and for the creation of a bonus for productivity.
BC officials stayed in strike from April 1st until yesterday (4th), the last possible day for the entry into force of salary increases this year. Under the Fiscal Responsibility Law, Congress would need to have approved, by June 30, readjustments to replace losses with inflation, with the law coming in two business days later, which would correspond to July 4th.
To meet that deadline, however, the government would need to have sent a bill or provisional measure to Congress in late May or the first week of June.
BC officials demanded the replacement of inflationary losses in recent years, which reach 27%. They also asked for a change in the nomenclature from analyst to auditor and the requirement of higher education for BC technicians to join. With the government’s refusal to grant raises, they focused on drawing up a new career plan.
On April 19, the category suspended the strike, but they resumed the movement for undetermined time since May 3rd. Since then, only services considered essential have been carried out, such as meetings of the Monetary Policy Committee (Copom), Pix and the disclosure of the primary deficit in the first four months.
The dissemination of statistics, such as the Focus bulletin (weekly survey of financial institutions), the foreign exchange flow, the Savings Report and the daily Ptax rate (average exchange rate that serves as a reference for some negotiations), has been suspended or occurs with considerable delay since then. Special projects, such as the expansion of the open finance and the second phase of consultations on withdrawals of forgotten values, are suspended.
Since the beginning of the year, several categories of the federal civil service have been working under a standard operating scheme or have been on strike because the 2022 Budget has earmarked BRL 1.7 billion for readjustment to federal security forces. At the end of April, the government confirmed that it was studying a linear increase of 5% for all civil servants, but, in early June, the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, ruled out the granting of readjustments in 2022.
In recent weeks, workers from federal agencies on strike have returned to work. Activities were resumed at the National Treasury, the National Institute of Social Service (INSS) and the Federal Comptroller General.