Bombay Parsi Punchayet - Mumbai Mazdoor Sabha sign new wage agreement

Voices from the board room of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) on November 19, 2019, during the signing of a new 51-month agreement between the trustees and the Mumbai Mazdoor Sabha (MMS), their employees’ union. The old agreement expired in December 2017.

"I am very glad this is over. Full marks to (BPP trustee) Kersi Randeria for completing this” – chairman Yazdi Desai

"The negotiations were very tough. Let us (now) work with trust. If Randeria had not intervened, we would have had to take a different route… The days of masoor pau are over…the workers will have biryani” – MMS general secretary Dhunji Naterwalla

"The Trust is facing financial difficulties… (The workers’) leaders always had your welfare in mind” – Kersi Randeria

"We are grateful for the unity among our members. (BPP should) start saving (money) from now for the next wage agreement” – MMS president Chandbibi Zaidi

"We are sorry for the trouble caused to the Parsi community (for taking one day’s casual leave on August 21, 2018) – a union member

At center, from l: Desai, Zaidi, Naterwalla; looking on, from l BPP trustee Armaity Tirandaz (partially seen), BPP trustee Viraf Mehta, committee and MMS members; seated at r, Randeria, standing extreme r BPP trustee Xerxes Desai.

Photo: Jasmine Driver