Ariel University cafeterias agreed to dramatically lower prices on Tuesday,
following a two-week boycott organized by the student union to protest the high
prices of coffee and food.
The student union initially attempted to reach
an understanding with the cafeterias to lower prices for basic goods while
simultaneously urging students not to make any campus food purchases. But when
cafeteria owners refused to lower the prices the students decided to intensify
The student union set up several stands next to the
cafeterias, and distributed sandwiches and sodas to students, who in return
contributed to the effort. In addition, “coffee trust” stations were set up
throughout the University whereby students could make their own cup of coffee
for one NIS and choose to make additional financial contributions towards the
After two weeks of university wide striking, the students’
efforts finally paid off, “The union welcomes the agreement to reduce prices in
cafeterias across the campus. Our struggle against the cafeterias was just, and
we are proud that we were able to act to reduce prices.
union will continue to work for the rights, welfare and interests of the student
body at Ariel University,” said Dor Dashan, chairman of the Student Union at
The initial decision to strike came following a survey
conducted by www.Mako.co.il that revealed that prices at Ariel University were
among the highest in all categories – coffee, sandwiches, bottled beverages,
pastries and snacks.
According to the findings a small bottle of coke at
Ariel University cost seven NIS, compared to 4.30 NIS at Tel Aviv University and
2.80 NIS at the Technion University.
A cup of coffee at Ariel University
cost four NIS, compared to three NIS at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and
at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Furthermore an omelet sandwich at
Ariel University costs between 9-10 NIS compared to seven NIS at the Technion
and 4.7 NIS at Haifa University.
According to the accord, the cafeterias
and coffee shops will sell coffee and a pastry for 10 NIS, a sandwich and a soda
for 10 NIS, bagel toast for 10 NIS and a lunch deal – including a main meat
dish, a side, a salad and a soda – for 25 NIS.
“Great job on the effort
and success in lowering prices,” an Ariel University student wrote on the
Student Union Facebook page, “bottom line, how long could the students have kept
up the strike, especially in the rain?”
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