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Connaught steps back from housing contract over pension row

Connaught has had to step back from the Glasgow Housing Association’s repair and maintenance contract after a pension row left more than 200 workers effectively without an employer.

Protests were staged earlier this week after a wrangle over pension liabilities meant they were unable to start work with Connaught on the contract.

The association last night announced that former GHA contractor City Building would resume the contract for repair and maintenance on the south side of the city. The contractor said it was “delighted” with the outcome.

GHA said: “We have been hugely disappointed at the behaviours and positions adopted by a number of parties over the last week and the disregard shown for tenants and for workers.”

A Connaught spokeswoman added: “Connaught has always held the best interests of the communities we serve at heart. It is therefore with regret and extreme disappointment that we have had to withdraw from the contract to deliver the repairs and maintenance works to the people of the south side of Glasgow.”