As protesters marched through Paris on Tuesday, France’s lower house of Parliament rammed through a controversial labor proposal—which would give companies more power to fire workers and extend hours—without a vote.
According to Agence France-Presse, the bill now goes to the Senate, then returns to the lower house for a final decision later this month.
French labor unions organized an 11th-hour march against the proposal on Tuesday. Its passage comes after months of protests that often ended in clashes between police and demonstrators and have caused at least a few senior members of President François Hollande’s Socialist party to implore the government to abandon the legislation.
“This is a counterproductive law socially and economically,” Marie-Jose Kotlicki, a member of the instrumental CGT union, told Reuters. “The government is making a mistake in underestimating the level of discontent over this law.”