Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49 - Land transport and transport via pipelines

4,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
6 June 2003
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 December 2004


In June 2003, the SNCB, the Belgian railway company, announced a job reduction scheme, 'Move 2007', affecting 10,000 workers. After negotiations with trade unions, the SNCB announced in September 2003 that the 10,000 were not in the agenda anymore. However, the dialogue was broken between management and unions. In February 2004, an agreement was reached. 2,500 jobs will go by natural attrition. Incentives will be proposed in order to achieve 1,000 voluntary leaves. The objective is to reach 38,000 employees by 2005, instead of the 42,000 the SNCB formerly employed. In February 2004, the company employed 40,800 people.


  • 6 June 2003: Les Echos
  • 25 October 2003: Le Soir
  • 28 October 2003: Les Echos
  • 11 June 2003: Les Echos


Eurofound (2003), Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Belges (SNCB), Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 59326, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59326.