Employees of Ordnance Factory, Tiruchi, affiliated to the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) trade union, who started their indefinite hunger fast on Monday to draw the attention of the factory management to the long-pending demands pertaining to hygiene, health, and career progression, called off their protest on the third day today after the officials assured a time-bound action.

The management agreed to look into complaints that the drinking water supplied to households in the estate premises was unhygienic, and promised to enhance the quality of food provided in the industrial canteen, a spokesman of the INTUC said.

The factory management had reportedly given a commitment that the meeting of the Canteen Committee would be convened during the first week of August, and to improve hygiene in water supply by October.

The local unit of Indian National Defence Workers Federation affiliated to INTUC has also conveyed its displeasure through fax messages to the offices of the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister over the Central government's decision to permit foreign direct investment in the defence sector.

The workload of the employees must not be affected at any cost, the INTUC spokesman said.