The National Union Of Ghosts have officially voted for a mass float out this Halloween, after talks with the government over pay finally broke down.
Casper Crowther, spooksman for the Union, told us "the government are being incredibly ignorant in not meeting our demands. We want better treatment, and true recognition for our work, something we have never had in our lifetime, so to speak."
The national strike will commence at exactly midnight on the 31st October, and last a full hour, leaving ghost hunters wanting.
Ghost hunts nationwide have been cancelled upon hearing the news. Patrick Chesney, coordinator of the Hellfire Caves hunt near Wycombe, told us "it's bloody terrible! If the spectres are not going to show up, then there's really no point us being there either! I can't charge the punters 40 quid a pop, to not have any activity going on!"
"It doesn't usually stop them," replied a passer by.
Government spokesmen have declined to comment as yet, but sources say they are unwilling to be bullied in to making any knee-jerk reactions to the 'ridiculous and over-blown demands' of a bunch of free loading ghouls.
The spectre of a lonely Halloween for ghost lovers hangs ever closer, but Devils, witches and the walking dead are unaffected by the strike. Spokesmen for their respective unions want to ensure fright lovers that they will all be out in force as usual.