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One-day strike

Staff Reporter

ERODE: Prepaid customers of leading private telecom companies in Erode district have been put into trouble as the mobile phone service retailers went on a day-long strike protesting against the reduction in retailers' commission on prepaid recharge.

Hundreds of retailers selling prepaid recharge of major private telecom service providers shut down their shops as telecom operators had reduced the commission from earlier 3.8 per cent to 3.3 per cent recently.

Retailers claimed that the reduction in the commission had affected the profitability of their business and urged the telecom operators to increase the commission.

A majority of the retailers felt that they could not meet out the expenses of running the shop with the commission paid to them currently.

The protest was organised under the banner of Erode District Mobile Phone and Recharge Sellers Co-ordination Committee. “The lower commission is not acceptable. If the operators did not increase the commission, we will stop activation procedure,” committee chairman M. Rajesh said. The protest had affected the prepaid users in the town as they found it too difficult to recharge.

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