Posted November 02, 2019 06:47:56 A father has described how he would have lived his life if he had worked in the textile factory that made his wife’s favourite dress.
John Fowles said he would not have spent his entire life living in the factory that employed him, but he said he was thankful he did not work there.
“It was the worst job I could have got, I would have had to be there 24/7,” Mr Fowls said.
“If I had worked there I would be sitting here in the car every day in the rain, I wouldn’t have had time to do much of anything.”
He said his wife, who has worked in textile manufacturing for more than 20 years, was happy to go back to the home she and her two young children grew up in.
“We’re just so happy,” he said.
Mr Fawles said the factory was not the only one where he was told to stay at home when he arrived.
He said he felt like he had no choice but to take on a job in order to survive.
“I would have gone back to work because I had a lot of things to do, I had to pay the rent, pay the bills,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Breakfast program.
“But I was told, ‘No, we’ll put you in a different position’.” He said if he was to have been forced to work at the factory, he would probably not have had the time to devote to his studies.
“That would have been the end of my life,” he added.
Mr Ferguson, who had to move back to Queensland after his wife left for work, said he had been forced into the textile manufacturing sector when he had a medical condition.
He also said his own family had been negatively affected by the closure.
“They didn’t want to see me go back,” he recalled.
“There were people from other countries coming over here to work, but I wouldn