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

3,590 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 January 2005
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2005
Foreseen end date
31 December 2005


According to the article published on Tuesday 4 January in ‘Les Echos’, the French public railways company SNCF announced that its budget prevision for 2005 will include a €113 million profit. This will be made possible thanks to massive reduction costs and through the cut of 3,590 jobs by the end of the year 2005. This staff reduction corresponds to half of the 7,300 employees who are supposed to go for retirement and won’t be replaced. Unions decided to go on strike the 19th of January 2005.

On 6 May 2005, SNCF gave more details on the location of the jobcuts and announced that 586 railwaymen's jobs will be suppressed in Lorraine


  • 6 May 2005: Les Echos
  • 4 January 2005: Les Echos


Eurofound (2005), SNCF, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 61054, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/61054.