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The Socialist 8 February 2012

Save the NHS!

The Socialist issue 704

Save the NHS!

Prince Philip Hospital Llanelli: We can defeat cuts plans

Kingston Hospital: Save all NHS jobs


London - a tale of two cities

Exploiting the unemployed to line the pockets of big business

Safe railways, not shopping malls

Them & Us


Students drop out of college without EMA

Leeds Trinity students fight canteen cuts

New society at Leeds College


Scrap the Welfare Reform Bill

Tactics to stop racist EDL

Manchester Sure Starts saved!

Tower Hamlets: Save Rushmead one stop shop - fight all cuts

Salford campaign saves day care centres

Defend care services in Medway


Mubarak's state machine blamed for football massacre


UCU special conference

Reinstate sacked PCS steward, John Brookes!

The scandalous role of London Unison - Demand that it defends Len Hockey!

Striking oil tanker drivers demand meaningful talks

Workplace news in brief


Tory policies hit women hardest

We need fighting trade unions

Review: Borgen - politics and crime in Denmark

 
 

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Leeds Trinity students fight canteen cuts

Samantha Garratt, Leeds Trinity Union general secretary

Leeds Trinity University College canteen services have been stopped on Saturdays and Sundays for the foreseeable future. Staff have been made redundant and others have had their hours cut.

This is a breach of students' part-catered accommodation contracts, which state that term-time catering services are provided seven days a week. Vending machines have replaced cooked food, with most of the products available being more expensive than in the canteen.

In a half-hearted attempt to apologise for this, the university has given students 50 on their student cards, which can only be spent in the canteen and on soft drinks in the bar, not on food at weekends.

Students' catering facilities are inadequate. For example, in one hall each kitchen has four hob rings and one sink between 25 people, with no fridge or freezer.

The excuse for weekend closure was that there weren't enough students coming in. However, the opening hours weren't suitable for students - there have been complaints about this for years. One student moved accommodation last year in response to the unsuitable opening times.

Leeds Trinity Union has begun a campaign to bring the canteen back. Our petition got 415 signatures in just three hours. We plan to organise formal complaints and hold a protest on campus.

We demand:

  • The canteen is open at weekends to provide suitable provisions for all, with opening hours that suit students' needs
  • The canteen re-employs all canteen staff made redundant
  • Part-catered halls are equipped with suitable cooking facilities, including fridges

In this issue


Socialist Party NHS campaigning

Save the NHS!

Prince Philip Hospital Llanelli: We can defeat cuts plans

Kingston Hospital: Save all NHS jobs


Socialist Party news and analysis

London - a tale of two cities

Exploiting the unemployed to line the pockets of big business

Safe railways, not shopping malls

Them & Us


Socialist Party youth and students

Students drop out of college without EMA

Leeds Trinity students fight canteen cuts

New society at Leeds College


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Scrap the Welfare Reform Bill

Tactics to stop racist EDL

Manchester Sure Starts saved!

Tower Hamlets: Save Rushmead one stop shop - fight all cuts

Salford campaign saves day care centres

Defend care services in Medway


International socialist news and analysis

Mubarak's state machine blamed for football massacre


Socialist Party workplace news

UCU special conference

Reinstate sacked PCS steward, John Brookes!

The scandalous role of London Unison - Demand that it defends Len Hockey!

Striking oil tanker drivers demand meaningful talks

Workplace news in brief


The Socialist - reviews & readers' comments

Tory policies hit women hardest

We need fighting trade unions

Review: Borgen - politics and crime in Denmark


 

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