Homes and offices across the UK are being threatened with months of darkness and smears, after talks aimed at breaking a dispute between window installers and glass panels broke down last night.
The panes, from the Self Cleaning Glass Association, say their members will refuse to use their catalytic decompostions rights unless their demands are met.
The installers, led by chief negotiator Darren Smailes insisted that a deal can be reached but there has to be compromise.
"We are actually a lot closer than it appears, but then that could be because of refraction and reflections." he told reporters.
The dispute arose after years of complaints from the SCGA that their front-line members are being neglected by the people who install them and the owners of the buildings they work in.
"All we're asking is that instead of relying on us to keep ourselves clean, we're given a quick wipe down with soapy water once in a while. At the moment, they expect us to do all the work and it's just not on. Ever since the demise of pink Windowlene, we've faced extra work with no more reward. Things have to change." Ian Straker, the press spokesman for the SCGA told reporters
"It's alright for our members on the insides of casements; we've no quarrel with them. But for our guys and girls on the front-line, it's a never ending 24 hours a day struggle to stay clean in often very difficult conditions. As a result, some are looking very shabby and are in urgent need of either a long break or assistance in doing their job."
"Putting it bluntly, they're shattered."
Fresh talks will take place at ACAS in London later, although industry insiders say they can't see the dispute ending anytime soon, mainly because the windows are just too filthy to see out of.