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Connaught sends 225 workers home after pension row

A pension row between social housing firm Connaught and the Glasgow Housing Association has led to more than 200 workers being sent home indefinitely.

Around 225 building staff were due to begin repair and maintenance work for Connaught in Glasgow this week, but when they arrived for induction training they were told that problems over their pension liabilities meant there were no jobs for them.

A Connaught spokesman said: “It was communicated to us very recently that the level of pension liabilities we had to take over (from former contractor City Building) were significantly higher than had previously been indicated. These unusual circumstances, which are unexpected, have resulted in Connaught being unable to commence works with GHA as planned.

“We are continuing to pursue all possible avenues to bring this situation to a resolution as quickly as possible, in order to provide peace of mind for tenants and that staff that were to be transferred to us.”

GHA said it would try to resolve the issue as soon as possible.