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Sack Boris this May

2 March 2012

Members in London have been in full campaigning mode as we head in to the London Mayoral and Assembly elections at the start of May. A big part of TSSA's strategy has been to work with independent groups that campaign on transport issues. With fares and service levels being one of the defining battlegrounds of the election, there has been a huge level of interest.

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Londoners have endured years of above inflation fare rises under Boris – only slightly lessened this election year after cash was provided by George Osborne after TSSA and others highlighted the planned rise. In the most eye-catching pledge of the campaign so far, Ken Livingstone has promised to cut fares by 7 per cent by October or resign. This issue, alongside some clever campaigning by Labour, has put Boris and Ken neck-and- neck for the biggest directly
elected regional government position in Europe.

As part of TSSA’s community campaigning and coalition-building strategy the union has been working with ‘Common People’ to support the ‘Sack Boris’ campaign. This is a grassroots, non-party group which has one simple aim: getting Boris Johnson out of City Hall in 2012.

‘Sack Boris’ have been active online for some time, offering the now infamous ‘Sack Boris’ Oyster card holders. Rumour has it that this is one of this season’s hottest fashion items for the discerning progressive Londoner. TSSA funded the production of a further 50,000 of the wallets, each of which come with a hard hitting insert, giving details of the cost rises under Boris – most patently, the whopping 50 per cent rise in bus fares.

With the help of hundreds of members and community activists we have already handed out the wallets at over 50 tube and train stations across the capital. The response has been astonishing, with many taking away handfuls to give to friends, family and work-colleagues.

A clear sign of the impact we’ve been having has been the response from none other than Boris Johnson himself, who at the Mayor’s annual media reception denounced the TSSA’s Oyster Wallet campaign as ‘all lies’.

This May, help us ‘Sack Boris’. Get your own batch of Oyster Wallets to hand out by emailing campaigns@tssa.org.uk or for more info see www.sackboris2012.com. To register to vote visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Sam Tarry TSSA Community Organiser

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