Rail strikes have been suspended as RMT enters "intense" negotiations with employers.

The next wave of industrial action was due to go ahead tomorrow, Monday and Wednesday, over pay disputes.

In the past, ScotRail was forced to run "a very limited number of services" due to the workers walking out as they warned customers of disruption.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The threat of strike action and our strongly supported industrial campaign has made the rail employers see sense.

“We have always wanted to secure a negotiated settlement and that is what we will continue to push for in this next phase of intensive talks.

“Our priority is our members, and we are working towards securing a deal on job security, a decent pay rise and good working conditions. 

“Our re-ballot remains live and if we have to take strike action during the next 6 months to secure a deal, we will.”