The First Steering Committee Meeting
Ms. Dalis said that there were four key activities which required suggestions and comments from the committee. The first one was to choose sensitization materials for workers such as leaflet and poster. The second one was to choose key personnel to distribute the materials to workers. The third one was to produce contact list of buyers. The fourth one was to prepare World Day against Child Labor.
Regarding the first activity, Ms. Dalis raised that the project needed short material which was easy to read. Also, Ms. Dalis added that stickers were not effective. Leaflets were also not effective because they were long and, thus, boring. Mr. Somnang replied stickers were good because people could stick them to their motorcycles, but they should include picture to be attractive. Mr. Kiang responded to Mr. Somnang that stickers were not effective because it did not serve the purpose of distribution of sensitization material that is used to spread the message to countryside, and it was difficult for workers to bring stickers to their hometowns. In addition, Mr. Aun added that the project should produce spot but it needed to be short. He raised an example of effective spot on the website of Arbitration Council. However, Ms. Dalis replied that it was expensive, and video clip did not serve purpose of this project because the project wanted to spread the message of those materials from month to month. Therefore, stickers, leaflets, and spot were not used.
Instead, Mr. Kiang suggested that the project should produce notebooks whose covers depicted child labor pictures and its messages. Notebooks served two purposes: first was donation and second was spreading message of child labor. Ms. Dalis added that notebooks were good because it encouraged students to go to schools and those who received books could also give them to younger siblings. Ms. Dalis continued that both front and back covers should include pictures of child labor and inside pages included the detailed story of child labor. GMAC would support on the expense of those notebooks. If the price of one notebook is 1000 Riels, then GMAC could produce 4000 books with the cost of 1000 $.
Another material that the project could produce was comic books. Mr. Vuthy said that the project could produce comic books covering story with the theme of child labor. Ms. Dalis agreed on production of comic story, but she pressed that it was needed to make sure that cartoon was beautiful to attract readers. CAMFEBA would pay for this expense, but the budget could cover only 1000 USD incurred for both of design and publication. Mr. Vuthy suggested that firstly, the project should write story and design cartoon and then produce the books to extent of cost after deduction of cost of designing from 1000 USD.
Another material to produce was calendar. Mr. Aun agreed on production of calendar. To attract workers, calendar should include 24 days of holidays. Furthermore, calendar needed to be produced before April. Mr. Vuthy and Mr. Aun replied that April might even be late because many people have already had calendar by April.
Therefore, three materials that the project planned to produce were notebooks, comic books, and calendar.
Regarding the second issue, Ms. Dalis said that there were two ways to choose key personnel: top down and bottom up. Top down approach means that GMAC identifies employers that enable trade unions to select key workers. Bottom up approach means trade unions select key workers, and these workers request the managers of factories to allow them to distribute the materials. Ms. Dalis reported that Mr. Dragan suggested GMAC to identify 50 factories and 3 key personnel (worker, supervisor, and trade union) from one factory. Mr. Samnang also suggested that key personnel in one factory would be included at least one human resource manager or administration, one section manager and one trade union or worker representative. Mr. Kiang replied that section manager should not be included, and all agreed on this point. The number of key personnel in one factory depends on the size of factory.
Mr. Samnang said CAMFEBA should request factories to allow key personnel to join workshop of materials awareness distribution without any loss of wage. Ms. Dalis agreed that CAMFEBA could issue letter to request GMAC and NACC to select 50 factories. One letter, joint-invitation status, made it easy for factories to choose human resource managers and for NACC to choose workers.
Regarding the third issue, Mr. Kiang said he had a list of some buyers, but BFC had more. He would give Ms. Dalis contact of BFC.
Regarding the fourth issue, Ms. Dalis said the purpose of World Day against Child Labor was spreading the message of child labor. Ms. Dalis asked Mr. Vuthy what ILO wanted CAMFEBA to do for the event. Mr. Vuthy replied that CAMFEBA could decide on its own on how it would do for the event. He continued that CAMFEBA needed not to prepare the event by itself and could contribute its resource to the government when the government arranged the event. Alternatively, CAMFEBA could choose activities that could be done from 1st until 12th June and suggested them to ILO. Ms. Dalis raised another issue of giving gifts and awards to workers for spreading message of child labor. Instead, Ms. Dalis suggested to provide certificates. Mr. Kiang replied that the project should confer certificate to all selected factories. All agreed with this idea
Regarding the Sustainability of Key Personnel for long term strategic plan, Mr. Vuthy raised a question whether the creation of key personnel was maintained after the project have finished as there was no allowance for them. Mr. Aun and Kiang replied key personnel could be stilled maintained. There was no need to provide any allowance or monthly allowance to those key personnel. Allowance could be given only when key personnel were assigned to do certain tasks. Also, there was different rate of allowance.