Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.20 - Freight rail transport

700 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
29 June 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2018
Foreseen end date
1 January 2021


The SNCF railway group plans to cut more than 700 jobs as part of a savings plan for its rail freight activities. These job cuts will be through the non-replacement of retiring employees or reemployment measures within the group SNCF. The management will present this measure to the information and consultation bodies on 10 July.

Last April, in the midst of the railway workers' strike against the railway reform, SNCF announced the spin-off of its freight branch, which is in deficit and heavily indebted (€4.3 billion). After a recapitalisation of about 4 €billion,100% of  the the future subsidiary 'Fret SNCF' capital would be owned by the SNCF group. The subsidiary should be created in 2021. But, according to Franceinfo, quoted by L'Express -L'Expansion, if the European Commission refuses the recapitalisation, the cost saving plan and the number of job cuts could be increased.


  • 29 June 2018: Le Monde
  • 29 June 2018: L'Expansion-L'Express


Eurofound (2018), Fret SNCF, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 94452, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/94452.