Internal restructuring
Latvija; Riga;
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.2 - Freight rail transport

700 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 August 2021
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2021
Foreseen end date
31 December 2021


The state-owned company JSC Latvijas Dzelzceļš, the largest rail cargo company in Latvia, plans to dismiss 700 employees.  Due to the pandemic, nearly 1,300 employees of the company were already dismissed in 2020.

Prior to the public announcement, the Latvian Railway and Traffic worker Trade Union (LDzSA) said that the company had begun negotiations with the union.

Redundancies will take place in two stages. 200 employees are scheduled to be dismissed in September-October, mainly from administration and support staff. Further consultations with the National Railway Technical Inspectorate and the trade union are planned around the dismissal of another 500 employees, mainly blue-collar workers.

“When assessing and optimizing the administrative and support functions of the company, as well as technological processes, a decision has been taken to reduce the number of employees of the Latvian Railway State JSC by the end of the year by approximately 700 employees,” the company statement says.


  • 20 August 2021: Public broadcasting of Latvia (eng.lsm.lv)
  • 20 August 2021: Public broadcasting of Latvia (www.lsm.lv)


Eurofound (2021), Latvijas Dzelzceļš, Internal restructuring in Latvia, factsheet number 105190, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/105190.