A proposed Caledonian MacBrayne strike for tomorrow has been called off.

The RMT announced late last night that the government had given an assurance that workers' demands would be looked at.

CalMac are now in the process of reopening their booking system for Friday.

"We welcome the RMT's decision to call off Friday's strike, however there are still issues they wish to be addressed and talks to seek a permanent resolution will continue,” said CalMac's operations director, Drew Collier.

“In the meantime, we are pulling out all the stops to try to get back to our published timetables as quickly as possible. We would like to thank all our customers for their patience during this period of uncertainty and hope they can understand the difficult logistical task this last minute call off is presenting us with.”

With many alternative arrangements made to accommodate travellers during the strike, the company are now contacting all passengers transferred to a different sailing to move them back to their original booking.

“If we are able to we will give customers who have been moved a choice, but due to capacity issues this may not be possible. The situation in which we find ourselves means there will still be some unavoidable disruption for travellers for which we apologise.” said Mr Collier.

With extra sailings laid on for today (Thursday) and Saturday, some vessels may be out of position for their normal service. CalMac is currently working on a revised timetable and individual routes will become available again for booking as soon as it is confirmed they will run.

“Please be assured that we are doing all we can to get services back to normal as quickly as possible,” he added.

For more information, see www.calmac.co.uk