BPP bonus exemption?

The Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) has filed an application "seeking exemption from payment of bonus under the provisions of section 36 of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965.” The eight-page application dated September 16 with seven pages of annexures was signed by BPP chairman Yazdi Desai and addressed to the Secretary, The Government of Maharashtra, Industries, Energy and Labour Department. After stating the BPP is a registered charitable trust involved in amelioration of poverty, the letter claims "in view of the precarious financial position of the Punchayet, it is unable to make any disbursement of bonus to its employees for the calendar years 2017 and 2018.” The total bonus amount due comes to Rs 76,81,525 for 330 employees. "Currently, the amount of funds lying to the credit of the Punchayet is approximately Rs 41,29,382.03 as on August 14, 2018 which amounts are required towards payment of wages and salaries of the employees on a month to month basis and for meeting other routine administrative expenses,” Desai states.

According to him "the current annual cost towards salary and wages of the employees amount to Rs 10,44,87,636” which works out to Rs 87,07,303 per month. This means the Rs 41lakhs in the BPP coffers would cover less than half a month’s salary. A new wage agreement was due in January 2018 and the BPP alleges if the Mumbai Mazdoor Sabha’s present demands were acceded to, an annual "net burden of Rs 3,44,09,264” would be added

According to the Union’s general secretary Dhunji Naterwalla, the BPP has deducted one day’s salary from their employees for taking mass casual leave on August 21 to protest the non-payment of bonus before the Parsi New Year (August 17) as has been the custom. This, despite an unfair labor practices complaint being filed in the Industrial Labour Court.

File photo of BPP workers below