THE results of a ballot for strike action, which could hit ScotRail services over the festive period, are due to be announced today.

It comes as ScotRail prepares to announce fare rises of 3.9% – slightly lower than the UK average of 4.2% – across all ticket types from next January.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union has balloted for strike action and industrial action short of a strike after ticket collector Scott Lewis was dismissed. If successful, the union could mount the first national strike on the Scottish rail network since 2010.

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ScotRail dismissed Mr Lewis for gross misconduct after accusing him of being "aggressive" and "intimidating" during an exchange with a passenger.

The union has insisted he was "following the ScotRail procedures for customer care to deal with a fare dodger".