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Bolsonaro’s wage bumps to government workers please no one

After struggling to juggle civil servant demands for higher pay, President Bolsonaro came up with a solution that will leave everyone displeased, likely prolonging the crisis

Bolsonaro's wage bumps to government workers please no one
Brazilian government workers are among the country’s richest people, but are asking for wage bumps of up to 26 percent. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

Throughout his presidency, President Jair Bolsonaro had the benefit of having an opposition that struggled to organize itself in order to counter the far-right leader. Still, he faced multiple crises of his own making — the latest of which threatens a de facto shutdown of the government in the worst-case scenario. Late in 2021, Mr. Bolsonaro pledged to raise wages for police officers, which led other public service workers — which haven’t gotten raises for five years — to demand higher wages, too.

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