South Gloucestershire Unison members at Vinney Green children’s secure unit in Bristol held a three-day strike last week.
It was part of a continuing fight against a 10 percent pay cut by South Gloucestershire council.
The site has seen its union membership treble to close to 100 percent during the dispute.
One striker told Socialist Worker, “I never thought I would be a union person before this strike but now I’m putting myself forward to be a steward.”
There was anger that a few workers didn’t join the strike. Another striker said, “My good friend crossed the picket and I feel it won’t be the same again between us.
“We fought, and they went in for overtime. How do you forget that?”
Unite the Resistance held a solidarity meeting for strikers on Wednesday of last week. Solidarity has helped sustain the dispute.
Strikers were lifted when someone from North Somerset NUT teachers’ union arrived at the picket line with a cheque for £500.
“It’s great that people you probably will never meet really care,” one striker said.