About 700,000 employees of state-run metal, textile and footwear industries in communist-ruled Serbia ended a two-day strike after the republic's assembly agreed to meet their pay demands.

A strike committee of union leaders called off the strike Wednesday and decided to return to work after the Serbian Assembly ratified an agreement between the committee and Serbian Prime Minister Dragutin Zelenovic.It was the biggest strike in Yugoslavia since the multi-ethnic country was formed in 1918 as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.