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

3,505 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 January 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 December 2004


SNCF, the French railway company, announced the continuing of its restructuring programme that saw more than 3,000 job losses in 2003. The company announced 3,505 further job losses by the end of 2004. The management insists that these job cuts will be achieved via natural attrition. The freight division will be most affected. On 13 May 2004, there was a national strike in protest of the redundancies. On 26 May 2004, the workers’ representatives have been received by Louis Gallois, SNCF’s president.


  • 26 January 2004: Les Echos
  • 13 May 2004: La Tribune
  • 26 May 2004: La Tribune


Eurofound (2004), SNCF, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 59839, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59839.