'More overtime, more leisure'

Byron Coleman is working long hours at QAL but he doesn’t mind.
Byron Coleman is working long hours at QAL but he doesn’t mind. Christopher Chan GLAQALA

SOME weeks Byron Coleman can work 72 hours over six days.

Although the Queensland Aluminium Ltd fitter and turner admitted long stints of 12-hour days did affect him physically, his financial situation meant that was just how it had to be.

"If you are working 12-hour days, seven to nine days straight, it can catch up with you," Mr Coleman said.

He said he was happy to do it while his partner Jannika Scheskie was at uni, so she would not have to work, even if that meant not being able to spend as much time with her as he would like to.

"I'd like to spend more time with her but in the situation we're in at the moment with one income it makes it worth it," he said.

Mr Coleman said Ms Scheskie did worry about him working long hours.

"She tells me not to overwork myself," he said.

Working the long hours for about eight months now, Mr Coleman said he did not feel it was at the expense of his social life.

"More overtime, more leisure," Mr Coleman said.

"The way I look at it, the normal hours go to your bills and that and overtime money goes towards leisure."

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