Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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The pandemic has thrown into high relief some of the longstanding issues surrounding working conditions in meatpacking facilities. John Oliver explains why greater oversight is needed, and how we can go about getting it.
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  • Dimitar Dimitrov

    Dimitar Dimitrov

    6 minutit tagasi

    No context given on the number of employees at the factories. How do we know the % of employees contracting the & dying from the virus is more than the average for the state/country? It's numbers taken out of context.

  • Kaiannanthi


    16 minutit tagasi

    These plants are also in 'right to work' states which actively discourage any union ideation.

  • Smunstu Stinkymonster

    Smunstu Stinkymonster

    32 minutit tagasi

    It occurs to me that America is self-destructing... we need to spend money to solve problems but trust in the government is so low we dont really feel confident trusting them with the money.

  • Teresa Kusic

    Teresa Kusic

    34 minutit tagasi

    The fuck happened to Teddy Roosevelt's laws for worker safety and such in the meat packing industry. It was bad then too. He reformed laws and created laws because body parts and such were found in meat packages etc. He did this after reading "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair.. The fuck happened?

  • Helixdragon


    40 minutit tagasi

    Chinees company's own some of these?

  • ak0e


    Tund tagasi

    It's sad that America's meat is owned by China and Brazil..

  • Anduin


    Tund tagasi

    Friendly reminder that every single problem John listed in this video is caused by metastasized capitalism.

  • buffalo bill

    buffalo bill

    Tund tagasi

    John Oliver a twat

  • Carole Trapp

    Carole Trapp

    2 tundi tagasi

    It does not surprise me and yet the poor earning repub thinks this is fine. If people, who can, would quit voting for corporation control this could be stopped.

  • Damian Allen

    Damian Allen

    2 tundi tagasi

    Slavery truly is worse now than ever before in this country.

  • Mary Delbonis

    Mary Delbonis

    3 tundi tagasi

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  • Aakash Zure

    Aakash Zure

    3 tundi tagasi

    What does he mean by what can we do here? Go fucking vegan. Animals are being abused, humans are being abused and we are seeing it and enjoying the fruits of their abuse. Go fucking Vegan.

  • Mr Random

    Mr Random

    4 tundi tagasi

    Whew, thank god I live in Finland! No offence Americans, but we have decent working conditions in comparison.

  • Lady Luna Grimm

    Lady Luna Grimm

    5 tundi tagasi

    I refuse to buy Tyson anything its gross!! PERIOD.

  • DeRosset Myers

    DeRosset Myers

    6 tundi tagasi

    It's a little hard for me to feel sorry for people who work in animal agriculture, but something really needs to be done about the higher-ups who treat their floor workers so disposably. Shutting slaughterhouses and meat packing plants down and forcing their owners to change industries sounds like a good place to start.

  • Celina Skailand

    Celina Skailand

    6 tundi tagasi

    When they don’t care about the lives and well-being of animals, why would they care about the well-being of humans?

  • Mojo Joji

    Mojo Joji

    6 tundi tagasi

    I had to work with a broken hand....I’m a security guard...

  • Erik Schminke

    Erik Schminke

    7 tundi tagasi

    JBS's * REVENUE* was 50 Billion... revenue is not profit
    Their profit was roughly .2% of their revenue

  • alex aruba

    alex aruba

    8 tundi tagasi

    I think the true problem I'm America is most people rely on other people to survive. This is why I moved to a bigger property with the main purpose to homestead. Growing and raising your own food is something 99% of people don't want to do. Give a man a fish and they eat for one day teach them how to fish and they can eat forever. Stop blaming others for issues we can solve by not purchasing corporate products.

  • Botto Jonsey

    Botto Jonsey

    8 tundi tagasi

    John knows about meat packing

  • Dr. Simple Beauty 300

    Dr. Simple Beauty 300

    8 tundi tagasi

    That Zimmerman auctioning the gun story is more disgusting than the man peeing on the floor.

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  • Thomas Remme

    Thomas Remme

    8 tundi tagasi

    Yet another episode of OMFG I am so glad I don't live in the US... *sigh*

  • Zachary Lindahl

    Zachary Lindahl

    10 tundi tagasi

    Yay capitalism 🚩

  • TTS S

    TTS S

    10 tundi tagasi

    What is this man talking about? He missed his meds for weeks, it appears...

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  • Yuca Fries

    Yuca Fries

    11 tundi tagasi

    When did John Oliver become unfunny

  • Tierra Petersen

    Tierra Petersen

    12 tundi tagasi

    The meatpacking industry sounds horrible, but it's not just the meatpacking industry. It's corporate. I've had jobs where is we were busy there were no breaks. I got written up for going to the bathroom twice, while customers were waiting. I've seen people get fired because they got an injury. But I'm pretty sure the meatpackers have it worse since they are being taken advantage of if they are immigrants. But anyone that's ever worked a line knows you can't leave to piss, so it really is not surprising to me that people would were diapers, no joke, I've thought about it. People are being treated like machines in every low-level corporate job and people are treated as disposable, especially in rural places where work is hard to find.

  • Ja Ja DingDong

    Ja Ja DingDong

    12 tundi tagasi

    This show has really gone down hill

  • CallMe Batman

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  • Israfel El elyon

    Israfel El elyon

    13 tundi tagasi

    Treat me like a vibrator

  • jocodabest


    14 tundi tagasi

    Go vegan.

  • ChopStickSoSushi


    14 tundi tagasi

    Wow I've grown up with the understanding that Oshia was basicly the Law and even misleading an investigator would get your company fined or shut down

  • Follow the white rabbit

    Follow the white rabbit

    14 tundi tagasi

    But tbh, stop buying a chicken for a few dollars. What do you expect... I cant even raise a egg to a hatchling for the price you pay for a full chicken,

  • Ebenezer Sam

    Ebenezer Sam

    14 tundi tagasi

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  • MvD


    15 tundi tagasi

    I've read about a foot down the list of comments; so far, no mention of meatless Mondays. We live in Pottersville (It's a Wonderful Life) and a grubby bunch of "garlic eaters" the lot of us. Capitalists depend on a docile, easily-duped populace devoid of any capacity or desire to act rationally. George Bush the afterthought confirmed this serf-building sentiment in his first State of the Union address: "Get down to Disney World in Florida," he said. "Take your families and enjoy life, the way we want it to be enjoyed." Notice he specifically doesn't say the way YOU want it to be enjoyed, which reasonably might be expected to be with a lot less meat.

  • John Schmidt

    John Schmidt

    15 tundi tagasi

    We need a sequel to Sinclair’s, “The Jungle.”

  • Sshh Quiet

    Sshh Quiet

    16 tundi tagasi

    It sounds like slave labor. What is needed perhaps is a revision to the Emancipation Proclamation and Append Amendments to it that state things like 1) minimum wage PLUS danger money to at least $20 per hour; 2) Workplace safety standards and breaks consistent with a civilized industrial country like the U.S.; and 3) To get rid of shambolic contractual sign-offs that essentially destroy your health, block your legal rights to compensation and even death benefits; and essentially create a violently hostile dangerous workplace environment.

  • Roy Rogers

    Roy Rogers

    16 tundi tagasi

    The border is extremely important to these companies bottom line

  • Aden Anthony

    Aden Anthony

    17 tundi tagasi

    I am friends with related to many plant workers. Oil companies are just as bad. in no way does the plant give a fuck about anybody there, they have had covid shut downs and lockdowns, people getting covid all the fuckin time it's ridiculous.

  • hinsonian


    17 tundi tagasi

    there's a book called Slaughterhouse, 2006, that covers all this. PLEASE READ. Not new, need new laws to protect people AND ANINALS. Torture is a crime

  • Logan Ahern

    Logan Ahern

    18 tundi tagasi

    Love that they always find some funny video to go along with their sad story

  • Kfroguar


    18 tundi tagasi

    I'm sorry but I am still so confused about what a violent gerbil attack has to do with TV dinners. I legitimately do not understand the connection they're trying to make

  • SilverXT


    18 tundi tagasi

    @LastWeekTonight I need a clean version so I can show this to my students! We're learning about the industrial revolution and they need to see this! but robot fucking a soup.. can't show that.. :'(

  • DJ I Love Music

    DJ I Love Music

    18 tundi tagasi

    Im just glad he finally quit talking about Trump man that was exhausting and I genuinely like the show

  • hawaiisunfun


    19 tundi tagasi

    go vegan - we don't need this video! Fire the companies with the workers

  • Carlos Spicyweiner

    Carlos Spicyweiner

    20 tundi tagasi

    How can people not see that capitalism is beyond disgusting now? ... it's putrid.

  • Mindset Club

    Mindset Club

    20 tundi tagasi

    That's why folks change your mindset and change your goals in life. Nobody deserves to undergo these kind of work enveironment that is modern day slavery.
    Fall down 7 times but stand up 8..

  • Mindset Club

    Mindset Club

    20 tundi tagasi

    Makes you wonder who is better off the chickens or the employees?

  • Pete Hay

    Pete Hay

    20 tundi tagasi

    just another bullshit hit piece attacking the meat industry paid for by PETA....

  • Jen Gilbert

    Jen Gilbert

    20 tundi tagasi

    Processing 35+ chickens per min seems like an excellent way to spread antibiotic resistant campylobacter

  • WingsWithFeet


    20 tundi tagasi

    How about more unions instead of more regulations. Regulations are needed and useful, but don't be surprised when the OSHA can't properly protect workers, the government will always lean towards the interests of companies. We need to empower the workers!!!

  • Jeffrey Butts

    Jeffrey Butts

    21 tund tagasi

    This guy probably eats meat. Go vegan to take some personal responsibility.

  • Brandon Oliver

    Brandon Oliver

    21 tund tagasi

    I work for JBS and this is honestly the way we're treated. We're told family comes first and btw we're your only family. The virus keeps cropping up in our facility and they refuse to admit that it is in our facility.

  • Luna GEM

    Luna GEM

    21 tund tagasi

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    Destiny Emma

    21 tund tagasi

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  • patrick buhr

    patrick buhr

    21 tund tagasi

    Meat packers that rump insisted keep working with no protection must get u.s. citizenship and their families. Instantly.

  • Bouhhg Z

    Bouhhg Z

    22 tundi tagasi

    You know - watching this segment has me thinking; with all this bickering we do with each other like opposing terrorist organizations based on political/religious philosophies & such - how IS it we've (and I mean the craziest of 'we") never gone after the owners or CEOs & their 'partners in crime' to make conditions like this a usual thing?
    - this is absolutely ludicrous.
    Its like all the laws changed to make work conditions decent back in the 1930s never happened.

  • Darth Kakarot

    Darth Kakarot

    22 tundi tagasi

    i cant believe this guy is famous... he would rather make the problem worse then lift his finger to help....this is whats wrong with the world.... fuck this guy

  • J O

    J O

    22 tundi tagasi

    I used to work at a Cargill meat packing plant, one of the Union line workers asked his supervisor for a bathroom break five times over the course of an hour the supervisor yelled and screamed and wouldn't allow him to take a bathroom break. The union rep for that worker came over and also yelled and screamed at the worker to get back to work. The worker was an older man in his 60s or 70s...he tried to hold it but eventually peed his pants. More yelling and screaming at him by the union rep and the supervisor. it was one of the worst human rights violations I've ever seen at that Cargill plant. I will never work for them again.

  • Enesi Majebi

    Enesi Majebi

    23 tundi tagasi

    Companies need to stop calling employees family. We're tired of it

  • Gabriela Alcantar

    Gabriela Alcantar

    23 tundi tagasi

    It is really disappointing that just from the beginning of the video you said that the conditions that animals face inside this facilities are terrible, but that they are already "talked enough"... Well no, I couldn't find any single video where you talk about them and how animals are not products to be sold, so let's begin there. I totally understand that workers conditions are so bad as well, but at least this people have a voice to speak up and to act on it. Animals only have their lives and humans still take it away from them. So unfair and so sad that you John Oliver won't dig in this topic because this show is probably supported by sponsors or because your comfort zone and resistance to change won't let you do the changes that are needed for the world to improve in so many aspects, but you probably already know, I wouldn't believe that someone as smart and well prepared like you didn't know about it.

  • George Zupko

    George Zupko

    23 tundi tagasi

    As disgusting as all of this is, read about the meat packing industry in the 1900s. The book is called "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. This book inspired, then President Theodore Roosevelt, to establish the USFDA.

  • Gabriel Mervis

    Gabriel Mervis

    23 tundi tagasi

    ngl I love this show, but i’ve tried to watch this episode 3 times and fallen asleep twice lmao

  • a krom

    a krom

    23 tundi tagasi

    When he shuts up about Trump. He's pretty good.

  • William Allende

    William Allende

    23 tundi tagasi

    What's more disgusting is the sell-out politicians with easy lives that let this happen.

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    23 tundi tagasi

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  • Derek L

    Derek L

    23 tundi tagasi

    upton sinclair literally wrote the book on this over 100 years ago and it's still this bad

  • Ben Thompson

    Ben Thompson

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  • marty martyn

    marty martyn

    23 tundi tagasi

    I remember the book published in 2001, Fast Food Nation: the Dark Side of the All-American Meal. It addressed similar issues & food quality in America. Sadly, not much has changed.

  • William Allende

    William Allende

    23 tundi tagasi

    This would work all well and good if companies hadn't since the time of Reagan being withering down on employees rights by buying legislation, congressman, senators, and presidents.

  • Ka-Pow!


    Päev tagasi

    @ 1:45 We have to protect our Team Members, the meatpacking rep said. Was he one of the ones who lobbied for workers to be ineligible for their unemployment benefits if they believed the workplace was unsafe? Or was he one of the managers who placed bets on which worked would get Covid and die? Fuck that guy, and his industry.

  • Eva & Stu

    Eva & Stu

    Päev tagasi

    OSHA where you at?

  • MsZephyra


    Päev tagasi

    I knew I'd have to brace myself for this one. The blatant disregard for human rights and the extreme injustice and inequality makes my blood boil. We need to get money the hell out of politics NOW to have any hope of decent transparency and accountability.

  • Drew Blank

    Drew Blank

    Päev tagasi

    This is why I kill Butcher and harvest my own meat

  • Sergio Ramos

    Sergio Ramos

    Päev tagasi

    This reminded my of "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

  • Mr Drone

    Mr Drone

    Päev tagasi

    So Mr. Oliver if I were a millionaire I would not mind paying $8 a pound for chicken. The person who complains without proposing a solution is just bitching. Please offer a solution instead of complaining.
    Let's do a thought experiment. Let's say there are 10 workers per line, basically 5 per side of the production line. Because of social distancing there are only two workers per line instead. Is the price of chicken going to go down, remain the same, or go up. Of course the price will increase due to the reduced amount of chickens being produced for consumption.
    Let's also include the maintenance workers who are present every day and night working who also have to socially distance while working together. Sounds like a contradiction? It is.
    John wants to complain about the working conditions for people and yet does nothing...... besides complain for a profit. 📈

  • Meghan hm

    Meghan hm

    Päev tagasi

    Do food service next!! Servers and back of house deserve better than the shit sandwich society forces us to gag on.

  • Meghan hm

    Meghan hm

    Päev tagasi

    Do food service next!! Servers and back of house deserve better than the shit sandwich society forces us to gag on.

  • saintveri


    Päev tagasi

    Rip 🙏

  • meme


    Päev tagasi

    I knew that sam'o'nella video would come in handy!

  • Веско Динев

    Веско Динев

    Päev tagasi

    Hey. HEY. Don’t kink shame. If a man enjoys paintings of fowl play, there’s nothing wrong with that. If your painting of rats fucking is okay, then so is this. I’m disappointed in you, John.

  • halukgulx


    Päev tagasi

    try not to think about the local camera crew that's filming a piece about your corporate office culture that will one day be uncomfortably juxtaposed with how appaulingly your company treats their workers in it's factories in a live show.
    - saving it for future me

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    Mike Hunt

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  • Henry Coker

    Henry Coker

    Päev tagasi

    Hell no I wish my bosses would try to stop me from going to the bathroom or taking my breaks trust they got no problem with you skipping though & you get nothing if maybe a pat on the back & over look for jobs you know how to do

  • Henry Coker

    Henry Coker

    Päev tagasi

    Awe that sounds like them too... I don't have any proof but...come on

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    Henry Coker

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      Corey Bertelsen

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  • liaku25


    Päev tagasi

    I can always count on this show to remind me why we need to start moving past capitalism.

  • Josh


    Päev tagasi

    I will say this, they shouldn't have to wear diapers or anything, but like, diapers take away Urine from your skin like immediately, and are fairly sanity, we wouldn't put them on babies if they weren't, not saying its okay but like just find the trope of "diapers are gross" kinda weird

  • Scott Lee Clayton

    Scott Lee Clayton

    Päev tagasi

    WTF!!! is that advert!??

  • PrometheusV


    Päev tagasi

    Wow, in germany we have the EXACT same problem. Down to the T

  • Fred Shred

    Fred Shred

    Päev tagasi

    4.9k didn't like this, wtf is wrong with you? you think this is untrue or that its a normal way to work?

  • coochie connoisseur

    coochie connoisseur

    Päev tagasi

    I thought this whole episode was about me😎

  • Grogu Djarin

    Grogu Djarin

    Päev tagasi

    Find a local farm. Buy your meat from them.

  • yo mama

    yo mama

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  • Kay Lyon

    Kay Lyon

    Päev tagasi

    Want to change this fast? Boycott the damn industry. Stop PAYING them to treat their employees like dispensable pieces of crap and stop the torture of millions of animals. YOU PAY THEM TO DO THIS! Only YOU can prevent it!