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Brazil’s Economy Minister compares public servants’ pay raise to Brumadinho; says measure would cause inflation

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In his statements, sent on cell phone messaging groups of Jair Bolsonaro government officials, Guedes claims that if the government raises salaries "and the disease comes back," in reference to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country will go broke.

"Those asking for a raise now don't want to pay for the war against the virus.They are saying 'I've already had my vaccine, now I want salary replacement: I'm not going to pay for the war on the virus,'" he said in a passage from the messages.

"An overall readjustment for the civil . . .

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