Retirement calls Merv
HAD IT not been for a few years in the 1970s when he left the Isis Central Sugar Mill for other employment there could have been two men retiring with almost exactly the same service.
Merv Long started on the same day as Ian Philpott in February 1966, and will retire just two weeks after Mr Philpott.
The only difference between the two boilermakers was Mr Long’s tendency to go “back and forth” between jobs in the ‘70s.
“I left in 1970, came back in 1971 and left again after that, before returning in 1976,” Mr Long said.
“I did a bit of travelling and working in different places.”
Mr Long was one of the more enthusiastic of the quartet for his upcoming break, which will start from December 12.
“Oh I’m very much looking forward to it,” Mr Long said.
“Once you’ve been working for nearly 50 years in the same place everyone starts looking at you differently. It’s been a long time. I’ve done enough travelling. I’ll probably spend most of my time at home working on my bikes.”
Technological change was not the only thing Mr Long noted as the biggest difference over his time, with the introduction of personal protective equipment and workplace health and safety some of the other big changes.