The Burgher Union was formed in the 1920s to preserve and foster the cultural heritage and identity of the Burgher Community. The members of the community are poor but they maintain the traditions and identity and some among them speak the language of the Portuguese. They even today speak Creole Portuguese. The traditions of the Burgher are still being maintained among the community. These are being followed at weddings and at important functions of the community. Over 80% of the families are impoverished and live below the poverty line. Almost all the Burghers are tradesmen. Over 90% are carpenters and a large number are master carpenters. The rest are mechanics, welders, black smiths etc. A few serve in the public service and some are involved in small business.
The Union concentrates on the education of children and youth. The Union is also involved in promoting the income level of the carpenters and others involved in different trades.