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Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Brazilian police are organizing a nationwide strike for the first few days of 2011 to demand a pay raise that the government says would cost 43.5 billion reais ($25.2 billion) annually.

Representative Paulo Pereira da Silva urged ministers and fellow legislators in a meeting today at the presidential palace in Brasilia to “find a solution” for the wage demands. Police in Sao Paulo earn 1,400 reais monthly and have a daily meal voucher of 4 reais, which isn’t enough to buy a soda and snack, Silva said.

“They want a solution,” Silva said. “We can’t play around anymore.”

Budget and Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo said in the meeting that any wage increase should be discussed next year, “otherwise we will be generating expenses” for President-elect Dilma Rousseff and state governors that they can’t afford.

To contact the reporter on this story: Carla Simoes in Brasilia Newsroom at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Adriana Arai at

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