Workers of nine state-owned jute mills in Khulna-Jashore industrial belt have postponed their fast-unto-death programme for three days.
Humayun Kabir, CBA general secretary of Platinum Jute Mills, said, "We have postponed our demonstration till December 16 over the assurance from State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Mannujan Sufian."
The state minister urged the workers to suspend their hunger strike till December 16 during a meeting held at the city's Labour Directorate office around 10.00pm on December 13.
She assured the workers of holding a meeting with the prime minister over the issue.
In addition, the Ministry of Textiles and Jute will hold two separate meetings with the labour leaders and Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation at 3.00pm on December 15.
Shahana Sharmin, CBA president of Platinum Jubilee Jute Mill, said, "If the authorities concerned do not agree to meet our demands at the meeting on December 15, the hunger strike will resume from December 17."
The workers went on the hunger strike from December 10 in front of the nine jute mills in Khulna to press home their 11-point demand.
The demands include payment of regular wages, cancellation of public-private ownership, necessary fund for jute sector, insurance for families of deceased workers, provident fund and gratuity facility for retired workers and regularisation of temporary workers.
On Thursday, one of the workers of Jubilee Jute Mill died while observing the hunger strike and over 200 workers fell sick.