The blacklegs refuse to touch the machines as they didn't know anything about the strike. Mike pays them to sit around and chat to make the pickets think they are working. Annie phones the police over the riot at the factory. The blacklegs fear the pickets will get them and refuse to stay in the factory. Annie lifts the ban on Eddie drinking in the Rovers. Ena refuses to ask the Social Services for a bed. The police make a clearing in the picket to get the blacklegs out of the factory. Eddie starts a collection to buy Ena a new bed. Mike tells Ivy he'll take Hilda back but refuses to pay the girls for the time they've had off. The girls vote to return to work. Mike offers Elsie her old job at the factory. She asks for time to think it over. She feels that the job belonged to Elsie Howard and she wants a fresh start for Elsie Tanner. Hilda is horrified that the strikers have gone back to work and she's got her job back. She worries that the factory girls will beat her up if she continues at the Abattoir so gives it up.