This represents 1.5% to 2% of its workforce. SNCF plans to cut between 2,000 and 3,000 jobs, Jean-Pierre Farandou, the group’s CEO, said on Friday on BFMTV. “In terms of job cuts, it’s a historic trend, no more, no less than usual, it’s around 1.5% -2%. If you apply 1.5% -2% to 140,000, you are around 2,000 to 3,000 ”, he declared on BFM TV, without specifying when these positions will be eliminated.
“You have to put things in context. We don’t do this for fun, we run the business, I run the business. (…) It’s not a drama when you compare yourself to other companies, you have to adapt, ”he added.
The group justifies these deletions by the need to save money and to open up competition in rail. The group lost six billion euros in revenue last year, according to Jean-Pierre Farandou.
In addition, from 2023, the entire national rail network, apart from certain RER links, will be open to competition. “You have to be competitive. What I want is for SNCF Voyageurs to retain as much market share as possible, ”he added.