By Danny Donnelly, University of Ulster Socialist Society
University of Ulster staff and student canteens at Jordanstown are to be closed with the loss of 50 jobs. The proposed closure of Bentra and Antrim canteens is to make way for private eateries such as The Streat and O’Brien’s that already occupy space on the campus and possibly the American sandwich franchise Subway.
This is a blatant attempt to privatise another corner of the lucrative student market and another sop to big business by the University.
Students, especially the 500 or so who live on campus, and staff will be forced to pay extortionate prices for their meals rather than the reasonable rates currently offered by the canteens for good nutritious food. In particular, international students who can spend most of their year on site, will be unable to get a proper meal at the University and will be forced to fork out for junk food.
Angry students and staff have formed a protest group which is currently in the process of organising meetings. There is a lot of support among the students, unions and staff. The University of Ulster Socialist Society has met with an organiser of the campaign and has pledged support in the struggle ahead.
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