A trade union has urged people to support and be patient with council staff who are under immense pressure as they do their bit to tackle coronavirus.

Too often staff supplying childcare, home care, teaching and environmental services are subjected to abuse, and the Renfrewshire branch of Unison is envisaging this could increase as people become frustrated with the current situation.

But the union has asked residents to remember to be kind to staff who are trying to do their best during an unprecedented time.

Mark Ferguson, UNISON Branch Secretary, said: “In these unprecedented conditions, I cannot thank our members enough for their efforts.

“Many of these essential staff are amongst the lowest paid in the workforce and despite this they are the most dedicated and resilient.

“UNISON has been working with Renfrewshire Council and many local voluntary and third sector employers to ensure that our members are properly informed and equipped to carry out this vital work.

“UNISON would remind members of the public that these workers are there to help and should not be subject to abuse, threats or violence whilst carrying out their duties. Please show your support to these workers.”

UNISON has closed its local office in Abbey Close, Paisley, to the public until further notice but activists and staff are continuing their work supporting members from home or out volunteering.

Members can continue to contact the union in the usual ways.