The French government has adopted legislation aimed at reforming the rules on trade union representation in the workplace and giving employees the opportunity to work more than the current 35 hours laid down by statute. Under the new legislation trade unions will have to gain a certain level of support in workplace elections before being entitled to engage in collective bargaining. Employers will also be given greater freedom in organising working time by entering into company or sector-level collective agreements. Predictably the working time proposals have generated a great deal of controversy amongst France’s unions. The provisions are due to come into force at the end of August.