About the League

The Scottish Tourism Workers League provides support to workers whose livelihoods depend on tourism.


Your accounts of how tourism and employment are changing in the Highlands, and how we can face the future together.


“Tourism has changed a lot in the last few months. The work is different, with fewer international tourists and more visitors from the central belt. I’ve been enjoying seeing more folk from Scotland and the North of England experience the Highlands, some for the first time.”


“Our boss didn’t want to put us on furlough initially, but when it became clear that all the other hotel workers in the area were being furloughed, we challenged him on it and he caved. Last week, though, we received notice that redundancies would be made.”


“Lots of tourism workers are precarious, and many have to stay in accommodation owned by their bosses. When that happens, you have no control over your life outside of work. I’m not sure if the economy will improve enough for me to be able to work in the tourism industry again, but then again, I’m not sure I’ll miss it.”


In partnership with Better than Zero, the Scottish Tourism Workers League campaigns to give workers the tools to take control against bad bosses and negligent absentee owners.


  • STRT Report: Our Response
    Formed in March this year by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce – comprised of the great and the good of Scotland’s tourism industry – published a long-awaited report this week detailing its recommendations for the future of the industry. This report is full of bad proposals hidden behind nice photos. Unsurprisingly, givenContinue reading “STRT Report: Our Response”
  • STWL – The first few weeks
    Since we came together a few weeks ago, we’ve heard stories from across Scotland of how COVID-19 has impacted those working in tourism, from small inconveniences to lives being turned upside down. We’ve heard from workers in hospitality, retail, heritage, and tour guiding from many different backgrounds. Work has changed for everyone. Some have facedContinue reading “STWL – The first few weeks”
  • Workers’ Control in Tourism
    Covid-19 marks the beginning of a new era for Scotland’s tourism industry. Tourism bosses want a precarious and cheap work force at their disposal, to hire and fire at will. This can be avoided by not allowing an erosion of your conditions and health. Whatever your issue at work, we would always advise that theContinue reading “Workers’ Control in Tourism”

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