A row is brewing over food at Trinity College in Dublin.
Students say they're not being allowed to bring their own grub into catering places around campus.
They claim they're being kicked out of different catering areas in the college as a result.
The Students4Change group has organised a boycott and sit-in at the Buttery at lunchtime.
The trade unions ask that we understand that catering workers and security employees may be instructed, within their contracts, to do things against their conscience, such as asking us to not eat our own food or asking us to leave.
In this case, we will politely refuse to 1/2 pic.twitter.com/Xs5gno3ySJ
— Students4Change (@S4C_group) March 15, 2023
Spokesman Lászlo Molnárfi says students are being discriminated against and are being told to leave what is essentially a public space:
"Trinity College Dublin's profit maximising arm, the commercial revenue unit, has installed this new policy."
"Simply in the pursuit of profit to favour paying customers and tourists even when there are empty seats available."
"People who are struggling, students, already paying their fees here, struggling, they're being told to leave what is essentially a public space."
"That's not a message of inclusivity. That's not a message of 'we are going to support students during a cost of living crisis'".