Rhonda and Paul Spencer.
Rhonda and Paul Spencer. Brenda Strong

Boom could sideline older workers

MANY Gladstone locals are doing it tough despite the so-called boom and the recent end of the global financial crisis.

Rhonda Spencer, 48, wrote a letter to the editor in the Observer last week pleading with the Gladstone public for help in finding work for her husband, who has been out of work for some time now.

Ms Spencer is on a pension and her husband, Paul, 50, is her part-time carer who has worked in the transport industry for more than 17 years.

“I’m a struggling pensioner and we are struggling to survive,” Ms Spencer said.

“My main trigger point for writing into the paper was that the day before, my washing, including winter blankets, were stolen off the clothesline. We struggle every week and can barely afford to buy groceries so it was a real blow to have our clothing stolen.”

Paul Spencer said despite having an HR licence, it seems employers consider young blokes before him.

“Even though I’ve got the experience they just say no and the position has been filled without explanation.”

After Spencer’s letter, The Observer was contacted by two employers who are interested in Mr Spencer’s qualifications.

“I have an interview with a transport company today and I’m waiting for a call back from another,” he said.

“It feels really good to know that someone is out there that sees a fifty-year-old man who has the experience and to know that someone is out there that cares.”

The Observer will be following Mr Spencer’s plight to see if or when he is successful in his job-seeking efforts. If you’re an employer and interested in employing Mr Spencer contact The Observer or email newsroom@observer.com.au.



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