The National Nursing Floor is back on the agenda

The National Nursing Floor is back on the agenda

The House of Representatives Committee on Administration and Public Service will hold a public hearing on Tuesday (21) to discuss the implementation of the national minimum wage for nursing and the proposed new amendment to the Constitution of the Federal Senate, which establishes a 30-day working week for this category.

The discussion was requested by MP Alice Portugal (PCdoB-BA). It highlights that the Federal Supreme Court decided that the minimum nursing wage (Law 14434/22) should be based on a working day of 8 hours per day and 44 hours per week. The representative pointed out that “this working day does not exist either in the public service or in the private sector.”

The representative regrets the decision, which she considers a “maneuver” to prevent the implementation of the minimum wage approved by the legislative authority. “Although nursing professionals face grueling working hours, often in very adverse conditions, achievements in this category have made it possible for professionals to have shorter working hours, especially in a difficult, stressful and very vulnerable profession,” said Alice Portugal.

The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m., plenary 8. Check the guest list.

National Nursing Floor

The National Nursing Minimum is a law that sets the minimum wage that must be paid to nursing professionals in Brazil, including nurses, nursing technicians, nursing assistants, and midwives. This measure was created to ensure fair and decent remuneration for these professionals, who play an essential role in the health system.

Key points of the national nursing floor

Minimum salary values:

Nurses: R$ 4,750.00 per month.

Nursing technicians: 70% of the nurses’ salary, or R$ 3,325.00 per month.

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Nursing assistants and midwives**: 50% of the minimum wage for nurses, i.e. R$2,375.00 per month.

coverage

It applies to all nursing personnel working in public and private institutions, including temporary contracts and outsourced services.

Goal

Ensuring minimum wages for this category, appreciating the work of nursing professionals and recognizing the importance of their role in providing health care to the population.

Context and justification

The establishment of minimum wages is a response to the need to improve working conditions for nursing workers, who often face long working hours and adverse conditions. This measure aims to provide fairer wages in accordance with the responsibility and complexity of their jobs.

Challenges and implementation

Implementing the minimum wage has faced challenges, such as the Federal Supreme Court decision that required the application of Law No. 14434/22 to have a working day of 8 hours per day and 44 hours per week. This has sparked discussions about the adequacy of working hours and financial sustainability for employers in the public and private sectors.

The National Nursing Floor is an important achievement for this category, as it seeks to provide better working conditions and recognition for professionals essential to the work of the health system.

(With Camara Agency).

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