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

15,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 February 2003
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2003
Foreseen end date
31 December 2010


Despite ongoing company restructuring for several years, Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB), the federal railways company owned by the state, is still facing dramatic financial problems which make further significant personnel reductions necessary. According to Martin Huber, the CEO of the ÖBB holding company, 4,700 employees were made redundant or pensioned off in 2006. Thus, ÖBB’s total wokforce decreased from about 53,000 in 2003 to 43,000 by the end-2006. However, it still remains unclear how many of these 10,000 job cuts have been dismissals. Of the current 43,000 employees it is planned that around 5,000 will be either shifted to another workplace within the ÖBB group or made redundant by 2010.


  • 26 July 2006: Der Standard
  • 25 July 2006: Kurier
  • 8 February 2003: Der Standard
  • 15 May 2007: Der Standard


Eurofound (2003), Österreichische Bundesbahnen ÖBB, Internal restructuring in Austria, factsheet number 59511, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59511.