Working in HE – The Hidden Costs

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2014 Higher Education Service Group Conference
8 November 2013

This Conference understands that recent pay awards in Higher Education have meant that many UNISON members working in this Sector are experiencing a decline in the standard of living for themselves and their families.

Conference recognises that the real terms pay cut staff are facing is an issue in itself, but that UNISON members in Higher Education are also facing other hidden costs that can further add to the strain of making ends meet or maintaining a decent standard of health and wellbeing.

Conference believes that research into these financial and emotional hidden costs would lend weight to future National negotiations and to local bargaining on a wide range of issues.

Conference therefore calls on the Service Group Executive to undertake a National study on the following, with a view to undertaking a campaign on The Hidden Cost of Working in HE:

a)The increasing cost of travel that our members are facing to and from work and the percentage of their income that this equates to.

b) The amount of money that our members are having to spend each week on parking fees/park and ride fares and how this impacts on their standard of living.

c) The impact that increasing workloads, bullying at work and work/life balance issues are having on the health and wellbeing of staff working in Higher Education.