"In the period when neoliberal ideas were at their height (1995-2002), it was said that the formal employment did not grow because the formalization was too expensive for entrepreneurs. (...) This neoliberal belief was wrong. It is proven that when there is economic growth the fastest growing occupation is in formal employment. (...) There was little growth in formal employment in the neoliberal period because the economy was semi-stagnant (...) President Lula began a new phase in terms of the standard generation of formal jobs in the country. During the Lula and Dilma governments, in addition to economic growth that generated millions of formal jobs, the Brazilian government began a process of organization in which a very important pillar was the opening of public procurement."
John Sicsu, Professor of Macroeconomics at UFRJ, in a seminar on the Economic Crisis and Mercosur, promoted by Parlasul
"I also subscribe to the national increase in the real value of the minimum wage policy. As the so-called poorest of these regions concentrate most of the workers who have incomes at this level, the regional impact of this initiative favors the reduction the regional income gaps in the country. The Northeast for example, has benefited greatly from the recent real upward trajectory of the value of the minimum wage, as with 28% of the total population of the country it is home to around 50% of workers and retirees who earn the minimum wage. The increase in purchasing power of this mass generated momentum for the region. Consumption increased and attracted new investment. This policy was just as important to the North and Northeast of Brazil in recent years as the 'Bolsa Familia" program.
Tania Bacelar, Professor, Department of Geography at UFPE, economist and social scientist.
"I have no fear in saying that the policy of valuing the minimum wage, which should continue until 2023, is one of the most important social policies in Brazil's history. It ensures inclusion, income distribution, increased wage bill as a whole and improves the quality of life of millions of Brazilians. Even though we are far from the true goal, which is the required minimum wage recommended by Dieese. In addition, contrary to earlier doomsday predictions, the actual increase - 72.35% between 2003 and 2014 -. did not cause inflation rates to explode. Better than that, it helped heat up the domestic market and revive the economies of thousands of cities, especially in less developed regions".
Vagner Freitas, President of the CUT.
"The trade union movement had the prudence to make that re-evaluation, this recovery of the minimum wage in the long term. No one asked for the minimum wage to recover the purchasing power of the past on a moment's notice. And there we are in a path that we want so that by 2023 all of the purchasing power of the minimum wage is restored. So we're giving the process some time, and we think it is prudent that the economy and companies are organized in the sense that this is a long-term recovery policy, and one that does not have a violent impact on the cost of business. "
Airton dos Santos, coordinator of the Technical Service Trade Union of Dieese.