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Protest over school canteen plans 

Protests have taken place in the Canary Islands to object to the proposed privatisation of the canteen service in schools.

Tenerife’s Association of Parents (Fitapa) says this would be a retrograde step and could lead to higher meal costs and loss of jobs in exchange for part-time and “more precarious” contracts.

They say it represents a worsening of labour conditions, lower wages, increased stability and workload and a generally adverse effect on the whole service.

The association, which mounted a demonstration last week outside the offices of the Ministry of Education, estimates that 20,000 children around the archipelago could be affected.

Protestors are calling on the Government to keep the service in public ownership so that it is available for everyone who needs it.

The Ministry says budget cuts are responsible and this is the best way ahead in order to avoid closures.