Internal restructuring
Région Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijke Gewest;
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.10 - Passenger rail transport, interurban

2,293 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 February 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


In the context of negotiations on a new social agreement between the railway unions and HR Rail, the HR service of the national railway company NMBS-SNCB, 2,293 job cuts have been announced. The cuts are spread over the personnel department itself, HR Rail (-371 jobs), railway operations NMBS-SNCB (-1,208) and the infrastructure department Infrabel (-714 jobs). Forced redundancies may be avoided as many employees are due to retire in the coming years.

The reason given for the cuts is that new management contract with the Belgian government foresees a 20% gain in productivity, 6% of which is to be achieved through personnel cost reductions.


  • 10 February 2016: De Redactie
  • 10 February 2016: De Tijd
  • 11 February 2016: De Standaard


Eurofound (2016), NMBS-SNCB, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 86529, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86529.