OTTAWA, March 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Staff from ServiceOntario offices in Ottawa and Kanata will use their lunch hour this week to distribute critical information to the public.
What: Information pickets
When: Tuesday, March 13 and Friday, March 16
What time: 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Where: Picket on Tuesday: 411 Roosevelt Avenue, Ottawa
Picket on Friday: 580 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata
The union is concerned that privatization will severely reduce Ontarians' access to front line services. As well, OPSEU believes privatization will jeopardize the security of Ontarians' personal information.
ServiceOntario provides valuable government ID including the enhanced driver's license, health card and Ontario photo card. This ID allows Ontarians to cross the border, access health care and open a bank account. ServiceOntario expects to handle 48 million transactions in 2012.
Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced on February 13 that the government will hand over ServiceOntario to a so-called "public-private partnership."
The information pickets are being organized by OPSEU Locals 405 and 445.
For further information:
Chris Cormier, Executive Board Member, OPSEU, 613-921-5346
Dave Lundy, Regional Vice-President, OPSEU, 613-213-1953