Date: 22 May 2008
UNISON slams threat to Edinburgh school meals
UNISON, the union that represents school meals staff today attacked
City of Edinburgh Council proposals to save money by cutting back
on school meals.
Agnes Petkevicius, Secretary of UNISON's City of Edinburgh Branch
said "The cuts that the council are proposing, will not only mothball
a number of primary and nursery kitchens, they will also lead to
a reduction in the number of hot meals that kids can get. Each Friday
kids in Edinburgh's Primaries and nurseries, will be restricted
to sandwiches, and some nurseries will lose hot meals entirely.
"This means that kids often will not get a hot meal - as the school
lunch was their only one of the day, especially for those on free
school meals. It also means that many school meals staff will have
their hours cut to below 16 per week - with serious consequences
for their take-home pay, and qualification for many statutory benefits."
"It is also short sighted at a time when government is moving towards
improving the quality of the food we serve to children in school,
When councils like East Ayrshire can develop major improvements
in providing local, freshly-sourced and cooked school meals, for
Edinburgh to reduce its investment in flies in the face of what
should be happening."
For Further Information Please Contact: Agnes Petkevicius
(Branch Secretary) 0131 220 5655(o) John Stevenson (Branch President)
07876 795018 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0771 558