Senate approves law creating national nursing wage floor – Policy

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Senate approved a bill that establishes a national salary floor for nursing (photo: Waldemir Barreto/Senate Agency)

The Federal Senate approved, this Wednesday (24/11), the Bill of Law (PL) that institutes the basic salary of nursing in Brazil, both for technicians and assistants, in addition to midwives. The minimum initial salary for nurses, if the text is sanctioned, is R$ 4,750. The proposal will be considered by the Chamber of Deputies.

Currently, there is no salary floor for the nursing category. But the text, authored by senator Fabiano Contarato (Rede-ES) and approved by reporter Zenaide Maia (PROS-RN), provides that the category receives the minimum value, whether for those hired via the Consolidation of Labor Laws ( CLT) and for public servants, whether they are located in the Union, states or municipalities.

If the text is sanctioned, in addition to the BRL 4,750 floor for nurses, the bill provides that nursing technicians will receive at least 70% of the aforementioned amount, while nursing assistants and midwives must receive 50% of the national floor, according to document. The values ​​will be adjusted annually based on the National Consumer Price Index (INPC).

The initial proposal was for the floor to be R$7,315, while another amendment suggested the amount of R$3,500. Zenaide Maia, however, opted for the proposal by senator Eliziane Gama (Cidadania-MA), which establishes an initial R$ 4,750, considering the value “very reasonable”.

After approval, the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG), spoke on social media. “A historic day for Brazilian nursing”, highlighting the work of professionals who are on the front lines in the COVID-19 fight.

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