Justice Minister Marie-Claude Blais agreed to raise the workers' concerns with her cabinet colleagues, said Wayne Brown. (CBC)

Several dozen people demonstrated outside the Moncton office of Justice Minister Marie-Claude Blais on Monday, protesting the closure of in-house laundries at 16 nursing homes in New Brunswick.

The provincial government plans to centralize the work in Saint John to save $600,000 a year.

Wayne Brown, of the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions, says up to 60 jobs could be lost.

"We know there's other nursing homes within our sector that are still doing linen in-house," he said.

"And we're concerned about our housekeeping and dietary services also down the road being contracted out to save money."

Brown says Blais promised during a meeting to discuss the matter with her cabinet colleagues.