Politicians made 11th-hour appeals to the RMT last night to call off the strike action.
Ferry company Caledonian MacBrayne has stopped taking bookings ahead industrial action by workers later this week.
Ferry operator CalMac has released temporary timetables ahead of a major strike action later this week.
Travellers have been offered a glimmer of hope after "constructive talks" to avert strike action on west coast ferries next week.
Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay has denied the west coast ferry service is being privatised.
Details of a strike by ferry staff will be announced this week amid union calls for assurances over workers' jobs and conditions.
Two Highland and Islands MSPs are calling for a inquiry into the awarding of the ScotRail franchise to Dutch-owned transport giant Abellio.
Train services in the north and north-east will be completely cancelled at the start of next week should the planned industrial action of rail workers go ahead.
Caledonian MacBrayne crews are voting on whether to launch strikes in protest over changes to pensions and fears over job security.
UK corporate profitability reached a 16-year high in 2014 despite easing back in fourth quarter, new figures have shown.
One of the largest offshore unions will ballot workers to decide whether to move forward with strike action.
A north-east MSP is pressing for a Scottish Parliament debate to highlight the human impact of the oil crisis.
The UK Government has rejected a call from MPs for an independent study into North Sea helicopter safety.
The Scottish Government and Network Rail are under fresh pressure to end the "filthy and disgusting practice" of dumping raw sewage onto railway tracks.
North Sea ferry operator Serco turned to its investors for more cash yesterday after writing off £1.5billion and slashing profit forecasts, sending shares into a slump.
Opposition MSPs and a trade union have called for action amid worries that toilet waste is still being dumped on to train tracks in the Highlands.
A Dutch firm's appointment to run Scottish trains for the next sparked anger among politicians and unions.
German state railway company Deutsche Bahn aims to benefit from a "back-door privatisation" of east coast intercity services between Scotland and London, the RMT claims.