The STO was born out of the great Glasgow Rent Strikes of 1915, when mass action by ordinary tenants and workers forced the government to intervene. As Glasgow's working-class men were dying in their thousands on the killing fields of Flanders, the women back home were faced with swingeing rises in their rent. Their refusal to be exploited by their landlords led to a historic strike movement, which was echoed in many other parts of Scotland and the UK, and compelled the government to freeze rents at pre-war levels. This movement led directly to the formation of the STO, which was seen by its founders as the most effective way to make the voice of ordinary tenants heard and, more importantly, listened to, by government and landlords.
Brief description: The independent organisation for tenants in all tenures across Scotland