AMPA of seven centers initiate protests to prevent that services of dining room that lend go out to tender

Related imageParents and students of the CEIP ‘Arco Iris’ of Aguadulce, in Roquetas de Mar (Almería), have starred this Thursday a ‘cacerolada’ to protest the decision of the Junta de Andalucía to tender the dining service that the AMPA of the center has been managing for 25 years.

Parents and students of the CEIP ‘Arco Iris’ of Aguadulce, in Roquetas de Mar (Almería), have starred this Thursday a ‘cacerolada’ to protest the decision of the Junta de Andalucía to tender the dining service that the AMPA of the center has been managing for 25 years.

The situation also affects the shelters of six other centers, among which are the CEIP ‘Francisco de Goya’, ‘Europe’, ‘Santa Isabel’, ‘Madre de la Luz’, ‘La Chanca’ and the IES ‘Cruz de Caravaca. ‘ The seven began a few weeks ago a round of mobilizations to request the Andalusian Government to formalize collaboration agreements that would allow them to continue providing the service against the current option, which obliges them “to compete with companies”.

The president of the AMIP of the CEIP ‘Arcoiris’, María José Urda, has indicated to Europa Press that the ‘cacelorada’, which will be followed by others in successive days, comes after “we have not received any reply” to the writings sent to the Ministry of Education, the ISE and the “own president, Susana Díaz”. “We have tried a solution with the dialogue but it does not arrive and the tender could leave at any time leaving us without options”, lamented Urda.

From the collective noted that the sheet will “prioritize the economy over quality” in the dining room and insist that “we can not compete with companies that are not an NGO and will also have to pay a fee to the Board.” “Which menu with first and second course, as well as dessert, is going to come with a cost of 1.8 or two euros?” Urda asked, recalling that the ampas have made “significant investments” to provide the service and, for example, “being able to cook with mineral water” and that all the suppliers with whom they work “are local”.

In line with this, he warned that the situation can be “especially critical” in the case of CEIP ‘La Chanca’, a neighborhood with high rate of neighbors in a situation of social exclusion in the Almeria capital and “where unfortunately lunch The dining room is the only one eaten daily for some of its students “.

After stressing that the group “always” has “tried to solve the situation without making noise,” Urda said that the tender “may be imminent” and criticized that the law “contradicts what the Board has told us so far.” “The ISE can not agree because it has no own funds but the territorial delegation yes and if not, there are other options such as the negotiated procedure without advertising,” he said.

The mobilization calendar will continue in the coming days and a demonstration is planned for the streets of the center of Almeria on the 19th. Likewise, a collection of signatures has been initiated at the headquarters of the educational centers themselves and through web platforms “The Board has not deigned to answer the writings and we do not want the process to enter a phase in which there is no turning back and we can not continue to directly manage the school canteens,” he concluded.

“social interest”

In the aforementioned briefs, the representatives of the seven ampas requested the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Education, since “once consulted legal experts,” this “would be the way to not have to compete with companies that have other objectives very different from what is a non-profit entity, formed by fathers and mothers and, also, declared of social interest “.

The seven associations of mothers and fathers remember that “they are not a company, that their objectives are not to make money and that their way of managing the canteens has been beneficial for all parties and especially for the children who eat in said schools”.

The delegate of Education, Culture and Sport of the Junta de Andalucía in Almeria, Isabel Arévalo, indicated at the time that they could participate in the tender procedure to obtain the service and that the contract with the ampas, renewed annually, was going to to give for extinction by recommendation of the services of intervention, that advised to remove to public contest the management of these dining rooms.

Arévalo rejected that the service was to “lose quality”, since, he explained, it is going to request the subrogation of the workers to the company that is the beneficiary of the exploitation contract with “the same jobs and the same people”, while , on the other hand, the food will be prepared in the same kitchens in which it has been done until now.