[ABC Australia] Bangladesh fire victims locked in as they tried to flee
Survivors of the weekend clothing factory fire in Bangladesh have told how managers locked them inside the burning building as they tried to flee.
Bangladesh has observed a national day of mourning for the 112 people who died.
The US based institute for Global Labour and Human Rights says the owners of the factory are criminally negligent.
Institute director Charles Kernaghan says most of the workers were girls or young women who are paid only a few cents an hour.
He's told Connect Asia many died as they tried to make their way out of the nine storey building.
"Some of the workers we were talking to on the 5th floor, they actually made it down to the 3rd floor, where this production manager slammed the gate shut and locked it from the outside and wouldn't let them go down. And so, they were just trapped. This is a criminal action, they were trapped and that is why so many of these workers were killed, a minimum of 112 workers were killed, it's probably going to go much higher," he said.
The American retailer Walmart has cut its ties with the factory, which it says was carrying out subcontracted work on behalf of its suppliers, but without Walmart's permission.