All unions are forced by Tory legislation to periodically ask individual members to re-confirm that they wish to have membership fees deducted from their pay packet. Unison claims most big employers oppose the requirement.
'But we have learnt valuable recruitment lessons from the sign-up campaigns, lessons which can be put to good use with some of the resources saved from abolishing the need for new payroll deduction mandates every three years,' writes Mr Bickerstaffe in the union's fortnightly paper, Unison Focus.
Unison will fight for an end to CCT, which Mr Bickerstaffe describes as 'a lottery which drives down the standard of service and wages'.
Mr Bickerstaffe calls for a warmer UK welcome for political refugees. 'We shall expect the justice, tolerance and the sympathy of a civilised society.
'Above all, the change of government offers hope of constructive dialogue instead of conflict.'