IT was business as usual at Huddersfield JobCentre today as, elsewhere in the country, 100,000 civil servants staged a nationwide strike.

Picket lines formed outside JobCentres, prisons and Government departments as workers planned one of the biggest days of industrial unrest in the history of the Civil Service.

But many staff in Huddersfield turned in for work as usual.

Government departments were hit by the walkout caused by disputes over pay.

Staff from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Prison Service and Office for National Statistics were all supporting the action.

It was expected about 90,000 striking workers in the DWP in England, Wales and Scotland would disrupt thousands of JobCentres and benefit offices.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents the pickets, said civil servants were fed up of being "underpaid and undervalued".

Touring picket lines in London, he said: "Unfortunately there will be disruption to the public today, but if anyone is going to point the finger, don't point it at the thousands of low-paid public servants, but the senior managers on six-figure salaries."