July 27, 2018 / 8:43 PM / a year ago

French railway group SNCF not planning job cuts - CEO in Le Figaro

FILE PHOTO: Head of the French national state-owned railway company SNCF Guillaume Pepy attends a news conference to announce the company's 2017 annual results in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - French state railway monopoly SNCF is not planning compulsory jobs cuts, the chief executive said on Friday after it reported a net loss of 762 million euros (677.92 million pounds)in the first half of the year after being hit by a 37-day strike.

SNCF reported first half sales of 16.1 billion euros in the six months to June, down 3.3 percent compared with the same period a year ago after the strike by rail workers from April to June over government reform plans, Guillaume Pepy said.

France’s parliament last month approved ending generous benefits and pensions for future employees, while the government will write off 35 billion euros of its 47 billion euros debt.

Pepy told Le Figaro newspaper on Friday that no compulsory job cuts were planned under the reforms, with most departures to be voluntary or through retirements over the coming years.

($1 = 0.8576 euros)

Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Alison Williams

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