EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Région Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijke Gewest
Location of affected unit(s): Brussels


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
49.10 - Passenger rail transport, interurban
Number Employed: 34000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 10-02-2016
Planned Job Reductions min: 2293
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

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.