COURT workers were among thousands of civil servants on strike yesterday.
A small picket line formed outside Huddersfield County Court as members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) protested over cuts to redundancy pay.
Union chiefs claimed more than 200,000 employees had walked out across the country, causing “widespread disruption” to services.
Huddersfield Magistrates Court was among those affected as operations were scaled back to one court.
Jobcentres, driving test centres, passport offices, border controls and airports were also disrupted.
But a spokesman for the Government claimed 85% of civil servants were working normally and 81,000 PCS members were not on strike.
Ministers said all jobcentres and benefits offices were open, border entry points were working normally and court services were being maintained, while HM Coastguard said only 15 staff of 1,227 were on strike.
At a central London rally yesterday Unison general secretary Dave Prentis, gave the union its full backing.
He said: “Unison fully supports PCS members in their fight to retain their hard-won conditions.
“Both our unions face similar attacks on our pay, our pensions and our conditions.
“What’s happening to our public services and our public sector workers at the moment is daylight robbery.
“The rich are allowed to get away with being tax cheats. They are allowed to get away with their offshore accounts and their non-dom havens. But I call that theft.”