|Simple Reproduction Techniques - An Instructional Aid for Workers' Educators and Trade Unionists (ILO, 1977, 120 p.)|
- There are several cases in which you will find that pamphlets are a useful and inexpensive means of communication.
- The uses in worker's education vary according to the individual purpose.
- Where there are internal Union problems to be explained as quickly as possible, the advantages of this system will be seen:
- for example, when the Collective Labour Agreement has been signed, when a new law is adopted, or when you want the treasurers to apply a common system of accounting.
The Stencil Transfer Process is a good technique for producing pamphlets of reasonably good quality and it is flexible enough to enable you to include diagrams and drawings to make the text more interesting. As an exercise, you should produce pamphlets for:
- the existing Collective Labour Agreement as a manual for field officers
- the demand for wage increase with statistics and diagrams taken from the official figures published by the Government (cost of living indices, price indices, profits, etc.)
- the explanation of services rendered by the Union in providing organisers with facts to support their arguments.
In order to produce the pamphlets, you must take into consideration:
- what your audience would like to know and what they should know
- the size of your brochure: remember that thick, heavy brochures are more likely to be left on the shelf, whereas smaller, more compact pamphlets will be read, so limit the amount of information you include
- how to reinforce the message by including diagrams, statistics and drawings
- the language used by your audience.
As far as the technical details are concerned, you must observe some basic rules:
- the margin on the side where you are going to staple your pamphlets should be sufficiently wide
- the cover for the pamphlet should be made of stiff paper
- the cover should attract the reader: it would be advisable to print it, using the silk-screen process for example
- the spine and the staples should be covered by paper, linen or plastic (adhesive) tape.