Fight To Save Belle River's Service Ontario Centre Continues

OPSEU is fighting to have the Service Ontario Centre in Belle River re-open and in public hands.

It closed last month but is scheduled to re-open in June after the government chooses a private operator.

Vice President of OPSEU Region 1, Len Elliot, says local residents deserve better. "They're driving up to 30 or 40 minutes away to get their service, waiting in line. So along with the publicly delivered service in the community, we also want it to be staffed appropriately. We need to have a number of staff in here that cuts down the line ups of 30, 40, 50 minutes. So the community is very outraged it's closed and the government hasn't done much to do anything.

"We feel that this community, first of all, needs a Service Ontario, but more importantly they need a publicly serviced Service Ontario with public workers and not a private entity," says Elliot. "No one should be making money off of the government and when you have a private issuer or a private service entity someone is making money, getting some pennies off of that."

Elliot is urging consumers to pressure the Ontario government for a publicly-run service.

It's the second time in four years the Belle River office has been closed.