ANGRY court staff in Huddersfield went on strike today over pay and pensions.
About 25 workers at Huddersfield County Court, Queensgate, failed to turn up for work after wage negotiations foundered.
About 20,000 civil servants went on strike around the country. Thousands of court cases were postponed.
Strikers in Huddersfield braved this morning's freezing weather at the start of their 48-hour protest.
The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has accused Whitehall management of driving down pay and thus lowering final salary pensions expectations.
Eddie Childs, regional branch secretary of the PCS, said there was a real anger among union members but that the strike was a last resort.
He said about seven or eight staff members would join the picket lines later in the day.
"We are poorly paid, especially the lower grade staff and even the high grade staff," said Mr Childs.
He said low grade workers could expect a starting salary of £11,000.
A pay offer of 3.6 per cent was rejected at the end of last year.
"The maximum hasn't been raised now for three years," said Mr Childs.
Workers will next start a work to rule policy with an overtime ban.
Cases at Huddersfield Magistrates Court were unaffected.