Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
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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    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

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    @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

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

  • hawaiisunfun

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

  • Carlos Spicyweiner
    Carlos Spicyweiner

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

  • Mindset Club
    Mindset Club

    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

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

  • Pete Hay
    Pete Hay

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

  • Jen Gilbert
    Jen Gilbert

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

  • WingsWithFeet

    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

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

  • Brandon Oliver
    Brandon Oliver

    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.

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

  • Bouhhg Z
    Bouhhg Z

    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

    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

    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

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

  • Gabriela Alcantar
    Gabriela Alcantar

    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

    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

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

  • a krom
    a krom

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

  • William Allende
    William Allende

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

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  • Derek L
    Derek L

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

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  • marty martyn
    marty martyn

    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

    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!

    @ 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

    OSHA where you at?

  • MsZephyra

    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

    This is why I kill Butcher and harvest my own meat

  • Sergio Ramos
    Sergio Ramos

    This reminded my of "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

  • Mr Drone
    Mr Drone

    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

    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

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

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    Rip 🙏

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  • Веско Динев
    Веско Динев

    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

    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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  • Henry Coker
    Henry Coker

    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

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

  • Josh

    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

    WTF!!! is that advert!??

  • PrometheusV

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

  • Fred Shred
    Fred Shred

    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

    I thought this whole episode was about me😎

  • Grogu Djarin
    Grogu Djarin

    Find a local farm. Buy your meat from them.

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  • Kay Lyon
    Kay Lyon

    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!

  • Gary Noble
    Gary Noble

    Welcome to the world of deregulation

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  • Ömer Kaya
    Ömer Kaya

    2:11 this isn't even funny, it is sad to see that your family is so dysfunctional that you value these before your family, get some help

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  • Marten Algra
    Marten Algra

    Screw using animal products go vegan

  • Towkeeyoh

    Welcome back to Last Week Tonight where a British guy yet again, tries to save America from itself.

  • Jan Rei
    Jan Rei

    So the US is officially back in the 1900 era of worker rights movements. Fantastic.

  • Jan Ebrard
    Jan Ebrard

    When you make a rule that says all work injuries need to be reported, you get complaints of government overreach because sometimes of course the injury IS just treatable with a band-aid. But if you don't do that, companies will just exploit the loophole and treat everything with a band-aid to avoid reporting. Absolutely disgusting.

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    Cre Henge

    Proud to be a vegan, but not as Proud as not being an American xD

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  • neil nelson
    neil nelson

    And Americans ridicule Chinese companies and its people as if they have better working standards, yet they both have the same poor working and business culture.

  • Rocky ROCKS
    Rocky ROCKS

    This is literally my 1st time watching John Oliver and TBH he is absolutely amazing. Not a beep irritating my ears.

  • Noah Karpinski
    Noah Karpinski

    Factory worker here Another fun game management likes is even in states that have legalized weed, you can still be subjected to urine tests and they can fire you if you have weed in your system (even if you're not high on the job or have a medical card) Of course, they only test people after they've gotten into accidents.

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    People with limited intelligence, and their disease spreading, blabbering. It's like I need a new cave and better ways.

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    Truth Seeker

    They should use those glove boxes user for handling nuclear material

  • Thank you
    Thank you

    Lol people saying this is the reason to become vegan the agricultural industry isn't any better

  • John Wolf2
    John Wolf2

    Almost all of those workers are Illegal Aliens. Just what you want; a former ISIS guy handling your food. Buy local... only.

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    Daniel Miller

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  • 3rdaxis

    Hey John. Maybe we should be talking about everything that Joe Biden promised us in his campaign like um... THE FUCKING $2000 STIMULOUS CHECK??!!??!! Just for fucking starters...

  • Nathan J
    Nathan J

    Solution stop eating meat. Its bad for the environment bad for your health and inhumane.. Just stop

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  • Paul Action
    Paul Action

    If they don't like the work. They can leave... You know that concept of free choice?

    • Paul Action
      Paul Action

      @Anurag Chakraborty .. they interviewed, knew the conditions, knew the hours and knew the wages.

    • Anurag Chakraborty
      Anurag Chakraborty

      Yeah, leave the job and end up with no money, and when you need a stimulus check to get through, you are told by rich people that you do not need it.

  • ike eki
    ike eki

    it is easy to avoid meat. we must reduce meat consumption: if you cannot eliminate meat from your diet, boycott companies like Tyson that hurt permanently disable their employees so badly.

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    Raj Kro

    this is a waste of time

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    Pascal Gienger

    "The US has such bad meat packing workers conditions" Germany with Tönnies: *Hold my beer..."

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    Since you are now family, I'm expecting you to work for free. /s

  • Sam

    The documentary "Holy Chicken" ties into this very well. Fuck big chicken

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