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No newspaper distributed in Lucknow from past seven days; Hawkers strike continue

More than seven days have passed there is no newspapers in Lucknow city of Uttar Pradesh. The newspaper hawkers are on strike demanding 35 percent commission but the newspapers management has failed to crack a deal.

Under the banner of Lucknow Hawkers Association, nearly 2000 hawkers were not picking up the newspapers from the centers following which the delivery of major newspapers is badly affected. The Hawkers association has demanded to give them Rs 1.50 but the newspapers’ management has agreed upon their demands.

An office-bearer of Lucknow Hawkers Association said the major newspapers are not increasing the price of newspaper from past many years and we are getting commission on those old rates. Recently, the management of Newspapers have lowered the rates and waged price-war against each other. The negotiations were held but so far no deal is cracked to end the strike.

On the request of Newspapers’ Management, the police protection was given to newspaper sales executive to sell the papers outside the police station. Even though some incidents of hawkers allegedly beating the executives was reported.

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