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

193 - 200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
18 July 2008
Employment effect (start)
8 August 2008
Foreseen end date
31 December 2008


The company Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railways) is going to dismiss up to 200 workers by the end of 2008. Reasons for dismissals are the use of new technological solutions as substitutes for manpower on the one hand and decreasing amounts of cargo transport by railways in Estonia on the other.

The state-owned company Eesti Raudtee was founded on 1 January 1992; its task was the management of Estonian railways. Eesti Raudtee went through an unsuccessful privatisation process at the beginning of the decade and reverted to being a fully state-owned company in 2007. The lack of demand for Estonian railway services from the Russian side forced Eesti Raudtee to dismiss 200 workers in 2007 and 18 workers have already been individually dismissed since the beginning of 2008.

Information on trade unions' reaction to job cuts is available on the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO).



Eurofound (2008), Eesti Raudtee, Internal restructuring in Estonia, factsheet number 66928, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66928.