Train strikes forcing Rhinos’ fans to plan their journeys carefully for women’s super league final.
By Sam Clements
Leeds Rhinos Women take on Wigan Warriors Women in the Super League grand Final in Manchester tomorrow at 1pm.
However, following the dispute RMT has with the Northern rail “attacks” on safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits, RMT union members gear up for their 31st day of strike action tomorrow.
RMT has announced nine days of planned strikes on consecutive Saturdays – 25 August, 1 September, 8 September, 15 September, 22 September, 29 September, 6 October, 13 October and 20 October. Tomorrow will be the eighth Saturday of disruption.
Hannah Al-Saidi, who had to change her plans due to the strike, is watching the final tomorrow with her boyfriend she said: “We decided to get a coach to and from the match, we heard about the strikes and got worried so just to make sure we thought we’d get the coach”
This didn’t put her off as she said: “It’s just great that the girls are in the final, its gonna be such a good game and Leeds are deffo winning this 100%”
All RMT Rail North Conductors, Conductor Instructors and Train Drivers members have been instructed to not to book on for duty between 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Saturday 13th October 2018.
Northern rail expect to run around 30% of their services and advise all of their customers to plan carefully if they intend to travel on the rail network this Saturday.
Liam Sumpter, Regional Director at Northern rail, said: “On Saturday, as a result of RMT strike action, we will only be able to run a very limited service, with most trains to and from Manchester starting after 8am and finishing before 7pm.
The mens super league final is also taking place this Saturday as Warrington Wolves take on Wigan Warriors at 6pm at Old Trafford in Manchester. With most fans likely leaving Manchester after 8pm Northern rail are putting on more trains to cover the shortage during the strike.
The 2018 Women’s Super League Grand Final is almost here…
Join us on Saturday for the biggest game of the season pic.twitter.com/p9D1rN2eTz
— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) October 10, 2018
The top two teams in Super League during the regular season are both vying to be crowned champions tomorrow. Both Leeds Rhino’s and Wigan Warriors women sides were newly formed in 2018.
Leeds Rhinos came from behind to win 24-10 against Castleford Tigers on home turf to secure their place in the final. Wigan Warriors the other finalist edged out St Helens 10-6 at Robin Park on Sunday to book their spot against Leeds.