More than 3,000 Birmingham City Council workers taking part in yesterday's strike staged a rally to show their discontent over the pay and grading review.
A mass of banners, placards and flags transformed Victoria Square, outside the Council House, into an arena of colourful discontent.
Tony Rabaiotti, regional head of local government for Unison, said: "I am confident that we have the support of Birmingham's public. Their support has been fantastic and they have even joined us on the picket lines.
"Those who have been disrupted by today's actions will hopefully realise the council employees want to provide them with better public services and I believe they stand shoulder to shoulder with us on the issue of fair pay. At Kings Norton Primary School the staff on strike have been joined by parents who feel very strongly that they should be treated fairly by the council on pay."
One of the protesters in Victoria Square, 38-year-old parks ranger Robert Butwell, of Acheson Road, Shirley, said: "I've been working for the council for 20 years and have been told that I am about to get a £1,500 pay cut.
"I hope this show of support will send a message to the council and urge them to think again." Also at the rally was 54-year-old June McCracken, a home care worker from Erdington, who said: "Under the new contract they want us to work 12-hour shifts and we don't think it's acceptable.
"We are also here to support everybody who would have their pay cut. We can't really afford to lose money by being out on strike but if we have to we will strike again in the future."
A council employee working at one of the authority's neighbourhood offices said: "I am going to lose £3,000 a year. I have a mortgage that is not fixed which will be going up from £600 a month to £800. My mortgage is rising but my pay is reducing. I budgeted with a pay increase in mind not a decrease."
A colleague added: "We have been treated appallingly. We are all for equal pay but we will be losing out. This effects people on middle and lower pay more.
"We are being told to work flexible hours and be prepared to be shunted around the 32 neighbourhood officers rather than having a base.
"The only people gaining from this are the managers."
The one-day stoppage forced thousands of parents to take a day off work to look after their children or arrange emergency child-care. Schools were forced to close because teaching assistants, dinner ladies and cleaning teams walked out.
John Lamb, Press and PR Manager for Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the school closures would have a "severe impact" on business.
"Obviously, many people in the business world who have young families will have to make emergency child care arrangements today.
"We hope that this dispute can be resolved as quickly as possible as business cannot afford large-scale absenteeism."