ELLESMERE Port Market will now open on Easter Saturday.
A planned strike by council staff was to close the market from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
But traders expressed anger their businesses would be badly hit by the closure and now volunteer Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) staff have stepped in to help the market open its doors to shoppers for one of the strike days.
Cleaners and duty supervisors who are members of the unions UNITE, UNISON and GMB are striking over changes to holiday and overtime pay.
They are unhappy about changes to their terms and conditions, effective from Monday, April 2, which mean cuts to pay enhancements for weekend and bank holiday working.
The Tory-led council says the new contracts are necessary to harmonise terms and conditions between employees of the four authorities which were replaced by CWaC in 2009. It hopes they will save £4m a year.
This weekend is the first the changes will take effect, so staff would be paid a normal rate for working from Good Friday to Easter Monday, instead of time-and-a-half or in some cases double pay.
The market will open on Saturday from 8am to 5pm as usual.