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

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 February 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 January 2007


Railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) will cut around 300 jobs as of 2007 in its department for train schedules. According to NS, the measures are in line with the company's cost-cutting programme, aimed at ensuring its competitiveness. NS seeks to improve its performance indicators in order to win a contract for exclusive passenger transport in the Netherlands. The carrier currently has the exclusive rights to operate the busy passenger rail lines in the country until 2015. Afterwards a new tender will be organised, where foreign competitors are likely to bid for the rights as well. Trade union FNV Bondgenoten said it was against forced layoffs and would work out a social plan to cushion the consequences of the staff

reduction. As many as 1,000 work at the schedules department.


  • 4 February 2006: FNV Bondgenoten
  • 6 February 2006: Brabanstdagblad


Eurofound (2006), Nederlandse Spoorwegen, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 63029, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63029.