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About 100 health care workers marched through downtown Montréal February 24 to protest a proposed law that would undermine Quebecs network of community health centres.

CUPEs Social Affairs Council has refused to participate in consultations around Bill 25, which would merge many of the centres.

We wont choose the rope with which were to be hung, says council vice-president Serge Lalonde. All the scenarios the government is offering lead to the dismantling of the community health network.

Quebecs community health centres provide community-based, preventative health care on a walk-in basis. CUPE workers fear among other things that the CLSCs will lose their unique socially oriented mission.

Health care workers in the hospital sector are holding strike votes. CUPE represents about 20,000 health care and social services workers in Quebec.