Commuter misery with thousands stranded by striking transport workers could be a thing of the past after France’s Assembly approves the so-called “Minimum Service” Bill. After hours of debate, the country’s lawmakers finally voted their support which was one of the mainstays of Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential campaign. The new measures make it obligatory for individuals to say whether they plan to strike 48 hours before doing so. It means employers can plan a reduced service to alleviate the impact of the industrial action. Trade unions have deplored the move saying it is the first step towards ending the right-to-strike. They are also opposed to a second requirement for a secret ballot of union members to be held after eight days of action. In response to the Bill, transport unions are planning a series of protests to be held from September.