A PLANNED strike by more than a million council workers tomorrow was called off following a last-ditch breakthrough in a bitter row over pensions.
Workers ranging from refuse collectors and school dinner ladies to architects were due to walk out for 24 hours in protest at controversial Government plans to raise their pension age from 60 to 65.
In Kirklees, more than 8,000 workers were expected to take action.
It would have meant massive disruption for council services and for more than 30 local schools.
But the Government offered fresh talks after admitting there were "misunderstandings and suspicion" of its planned reforms.
The country's biggest trade unions, including Unison, the Transport and General Workers' Union, Amicus and the GMB ann- ounced today they will not go ahead with the strike.
It would have been a huge embarrassment to Labour in the run-up to the General Election.