Tuesday 15th August.
At last an ‘E’ mail message was received telling me that a redundancy had been approved for myself, and all that had put their hands up. An agreement document was being drawn up and to be submitted to the union and management for approval and I could expect a copy sent to me on Thur. or Fri.
Late Thursday 17th August.
The agreement documents have arrived by mail along with an acceptance form, which after reading the agreement, I promptly signed and returned to management as my indication that I was definitely interested in leaving work. The return of my acceptance is now to be sent to Victorian management for final approval that will result in a response announcing the date on which I will be expected to terminate my employment.
Another visit was made to Patrick (my financial man) with the papers for him to verify my financial situation and to present me with an agreement for dispersal of our funds for us to survive.
Waiting now for final notification so I can finalise our financial arrangements and start to prepare for the journey of our lives.
Find out about a retirement seminar to be held on Wednesday and make bookings to attend.
The seminar was rather informative and gave me some ideas that I must pursue, such as making sure a will is properly drawn up and find out some more information about what to do with my super when I reach the age of being able to use it. Appointments were made and these points will be pursued in the near future.
An express letter was received informing me that my employment would be terminated on the 30th of August, (what a sigh of relief and can’t wait). Over the next few days preparations were made to leave, tools were sorted out for return, computer was released of storing any files which were personal, arrange for someone to take over the job presently doing, etc.
Defrocking procedure was undertaken to hand in my tools, relieve me of ID cards and keys, fill out document declaring all the things the company needs to rid itself of me and any liabilities of any nature after I leave.
One more day to go, there was not much work to be gotten from me now so Linda was told to turn off the alarm for the following morning. No rush was made to attend work on Wednesday, as all I had intended to do was to fill in and send my final time sheet and organise the final few minor things that had to be done.
Thursday 30th 4.00 PM.
One last thing was to be done, THE FAREWELL PRESENTATION. Quite a few people turned up to see us off. There were four of us leaving in the North, Andrew Ray, John Chellis, Ian Buck and of coarse myself.
The usual speeches for such an occasion were made, and presentation of flowers to the wives, and bonus cheques to the leavers and return speeches. I added a little novelty to the proceedings by pulling out of a bag containing one of my old alarm clocks, another bag in which I placed the alarm clock and a large hammer. I then proceeded to ask Linda to assist in the ceremonial destroying of the alarm clock, seeing that it was she that the clock woke and then she would wake me, but being her nature not to partake in anything slightly embarrassing she refused so I placed the bag containing the clock on the ground and proceeded to demolish it by pounding it with the hammer (the second bag was to prevent any pieces flying everywhere).
A good time was had by all and at the end of the evening it was time to bid everyone goodbye and start the beginning of the rest of our lives.