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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  • Cetti
    Cetti7 minuten geleden

    Living their lives in decadent luxury, you have to wonder if the beings who run these companies are human - Seriously! But it must be considered, that perhaps they take their cues from the public: If we purchase without care, they must feel it justified to operate without care!

  • jack firmin
    jack firmin27 minuten geleden

    Oh and the Biden administration is currently backing down on the 15 Dollar Minimum Wage, while simultaniously employing Neera Tanden, a Union crusher. So, again we have to do everything ourselves, fuck the Gouverment, join the local union and, for good measure, your friendly neighbourhood anti-rascist group.

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  • BrandonComedicSoup
    BrandonComedicSoup35 minuten geleden

    Nothing you can do just continue eating chicken and meats Hod said our food supply won’t run out animal will continue to multiply

  • Hans Spiegl
    Hans Spiegl41 minuut geleden

    Same in Europe! The biggest Corona outbreaks were in such companies. 😢

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  • iDrinkJ4ck
    iDrinkJ4ck51 minuut geleden

    I’m 28 and I’ve worked in poultry production for 3 years. It’s truly disturbing looking back at how employees have been treated in this industry. Literally never able to take bathroom breaks. Tons of work injuries. Tons of horrible quality product being shipped out. FDA inspections per department maybe equal 2 minutes per month. Horrible industry. Horrible pay. Horrible benefits. Absurd turnover. Horrible management. Pathetic employee treatment and opportunities.

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  • SiiNz
    SiiNz57 minuten geleden

    Meh I validated osha all the time to much work to comply, when I burn the shit out of my arm at work also never filed anything or get medical help hell didnt even leave work the costumers just heard me scream fuck a lot more from the kitchen that day

  • Ferc Polo
    Ferc PoloUur geleden

    It's not like having a pool gave anyone the virus.

  • Mary Jane
    Mary JaneUur geleden

    its fucked up that like walmart is held to higher osha standards than the places that make the food thats being sent there

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  • Voracle
    Voracle2 uur geleden

    I often find it hard to understand why we have to create hell on Earth. If just 8% increase in the price of meat could do away with all these terrible work conditions, why not? Why is it such a race to the absolute bottom?

  • Martin Tirpák
    Martin Tirpák2 uur geleden

    why isnt this kind of work automated? I am from Europe and I was honestly thinking this episode will be about plastic used in packing meat (because obviously, meatpacking plants are heavily automated... right?)

  • Kahrenheit
    Kahrenheit2 uur geleden

    It’s wierd that now trumps gone outlets have to actually write to make content.

  • Zobeth C
    Zobeth C2 uur geleden

    I’ve been screaming at the rooftops about this for long time, so thank you for this. The conditions in meat packing plants are HORRIFIC and COVID19 exposed this to the masses. Y’all think the coverup in NY by Cuomo and the nursing homes is bad, look at the crimes being committed and covered up at Meat Packing plants.

  • Jennifer Webb
    Jennifer Webb3 uur geleden

    As we bask in the glory that is this truth, meatpacking big wigs are trying to replace humans with machines 🙁

  • Kevin Dueck
    Kevin Dueck3 uur geleden

    Americans keep saying they abolished slavery but did they? Now it’s just hidden in plain sight 😕

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    Jose DeLosAngeles3 uur geleden

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  • Hidden
    Hidden3 uur geleden

    Solution.... Get a new job. If it was really that big of a deal they wouldn't be able to keep employees. I spent two years working at a chicken plant, it's not a hard job.

  • mochabear
    mochabear4 uur geleden

    this country disgust me racism is rampant and is everywhere institution .. higher education.. you name it you think just because we elected biden the racism is off the surface of this country? no.. it's like an oil stain that seeps through the carpet and leaves a permanent mark

  • Daniel Wootan
    Daniel Wootan4 uur geleden

    Would love to see Tucker Carlson respond to this episode.

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  • Mocking Spongebob
    Mocking Spongebob4 uur geleden

    I must be packing, the way I got this meat

  • Zarkin Dagnasty
    Zarkin Dagnasty4 uur geleden

    Yet another reason capitalist corporations should have nothing to do with peoples’ healthcare.

  • leaf16nut
    leaf16nut4 uur geleden

    John should really cover the horrific practices in the fudge-packing industry, I heard it's dreadfully painful...

  • Michael Sanchez
    Michael Sanchez4 uur geleden

    13:48 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • yeshiwork gashu
    yeshiwork gashu5 uur geleden

    Your show is not comedy but well educational well done it is modern days slavery for those companies it is getting worse by day in this country

  • John McLachlan
    John McLachlan5 uur geleden

    Don't forget, Trump wanted to OK these companies' request to increase the line speeds.

  • 117yessir
    117yessir5 uur geleden

    Why do you dub instead of subtitle?

  • 4tech69
    4tech695 uur geleden

    America is a hell scape.

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    LilM0istCak35 uur geleden

    Thank you. I was waiting for this one

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  • Aser Mpoyi
    Aser Mpoyi6 uur geleden

    Great work John

  • Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff
    Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff6 uur geleden

    Everybody should watch John Oliver. His channel is one of the most honest and unbiased on youtube so far.

  • MomChemist
    MomChemist6 uur geleden

    The next time you go to the grocery store to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99/lb remember what it takes to make chicken that cheap. At that price, it’s insane to think that anyone in that food production chain can be treated well and still provide a profit to the company. I just wish I knew if the companies that sold their products for more were treating their workers better,.

  • Martha Salomaa
    Martha Salomaa7 uur geleden

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for telling the truth!

  • Lonnie Born
    Lonnie Born7 uur geleden

    They fired the employees yet we are going to muster up some fake outrage anyways. What else do you want Jon Oliver?

  • whenifeellow
    whenifeellow7 uur geleden

    the dude pissing under the conveyor belt... suspended! How about fired? Well, honestly he's not making anything much more worse than it already was. Destroys human health, destroys the earth, destroys animals needlessly. Animal agriculture is complete garbage. Go vegan.

  • David Hammons
    David Hammons7 uur geleden

    It's funny that I have actually heard about all of this from the knife problem to the pissing on the line. Apparently the urinating on the line thing was not due to performance needs but just the level of care they took with the food. It was just a case they didn't care and that was the level of employee they hired.

  • MforMovesets
    MforMovesets7 uur geleden

    Maybe employ furries, webcomic artists and Deviant Artists, they love being in Diapers.

  • David Hammons
    David Hammons7 uur geleden

    I have heard so many stories of people pissing on meat production lines, especially hotdog's.

  • goodgamegabi
    goodgamegabi7 uur geleden

    Yes, "chicken chips" sounds gross, but what's even more gross is holocausting chickens every day to make "chicken chips".

  • NecrontierLord
    NecrontierLord7 uur geleden

    They should cut most of the jokes and have him slow down his delivery. His delivery is so breathless its just hard to listen to. The jokes are really bad, they are like Family guy, its just a formula, it doesn't feel creative at all.

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  • William Jones
    William Jones8 uur geleden

    There were times in human history when people didn't know much about tooth care, or showering, or washing their hands after they take a shit. They weren't very healthy or long-lived during these times. You will never brush your teeth or wipe your ass into immortality, but still, we know for certain that cleaner living is smarter, healthier, and smells better. I've been vegan since 1995 and have worked online since 2012. I'm a Buddhist, and understand we are evolving, but the trouble you all put yourselves through is, to me, starting to look deserved.

  • BlueNeuro
    BlueNeuro8 uur geleden

    so, why does it take someone on HBO to talk about this shit? cuz i dont hear anything about this topic. i know problems come from unions, but this is just an argument to unionize if i ever heard one. i believe unions should be mandatory for any factory jobs if you're just a standard worker , this is just bat shit crazy.

  • Corby Cobb
    Corby Cobb9 uur geleden

    How did you not mention "The Jungle"?

  • plump21
    plump219 uur geleden

    Kill capitalism before it kills us all.

  • Maximilian Weiss
    Maximilian Weiss9 uur geleden

    Seems crazy to me to talk about human rights when these companies actually kill millions of animals every day.

  • Flint Ironstag
    Flint Ironstag9 uur geleden

    I see the issue being ultimately dealt with with technology. Computer controlled carving stations replacing workers seems like what will eventually happen. If minimum wages go up and regulations get tighter, these megacompanies will invest money to automate the process as much as possible.

  • Francis Yawson
    Francis Yawson10 uur geleden

    Democrats should be ashamed themselves for letting this happen to workers. Too much regulation means smaller companies are booted out of competing with bigger companies.

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    7 uur geleden

    lol no

  • Lance Ross
    Lance Ross10 uur geleden

    Really unusual this episode starts with John touching up on Cuomo's nursing home cover-up and procedure , meat packing, and Ted Cruz. Out of the 30 minute episode, 98% is about Ted Cruz and the meatpacking. John considers himself moral and a voice for the people. 28 minutes of covering partisan issues to his favoring where maybe 200 people died versus the Cuomo event where thousands died. Cuomo received 10 seconds of airtime. What a partisan hack that has a moral compass that needs to be reset.

  • Alexander The Great
    Alexander The Great10 uur geleden

    this show is basically a British guy demonstrating how capitalism is a horrible and inhumane social order for 20 minutes every week

  • Peter A
    Peter A10 uur geleden

    Same corona problems at the meat industry in Europe.

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    1PandaArmy477710 uur geleden

    He would know a lot about packing meat his boyfriend said.

  • 4lottisintellect
    4lottisintellect10 uur geleden

    So sad and infuriating. Gonna start buying organic only. Thanks John.

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  • Russel Chiodo
    Russel Chiodo11 uur geleden

    A lot of people never worked a job alongside people who got life altering injuries and were then intimidated and dominated by an employer colluding with the healthcare provider ... and it shows.

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    Mean Dad11 uur geleden

    This is America. Nothing will ever change.

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  • Fernando Takeshi Sato
    Fernando Takeshi Sato12 uur geleden

    Problem: caused by heavy regulation and lobbying Solution: more regulations! Rinse and repeat.

  • Lisa Shadowprinces
    Lisa Shadowprinces12 uur geleden

    In Germany we also had many big Covid outbreaks caused by meat packing factories with simular contutions. I'm pretty sure most industrialised countries have them. It's just horrible ...

  • Gene Stewart
    Gene Stewart12 uur geleden

    Capitalism. America. the GOP. Add them up you get DEATH.

  • the Merc
    the Merc12 uur geleden

    Wow.. this show is doing God's work.

  • SkatingErinsMom
    SkatingErinsMom12 uur geleden

    Mr. Oliver, a related and excellent article by Jane Mayer, Trump and Mountaire chicken processing, and exploiting "essential" (aka minority, immigrant, and low-income) workers: So glad you are back!

  • matenzo
    matenzo12 uur geleden

    Kind of assumed this sort of thing would be mostly automated by now. I guess I kind of expected it to be like in a 90s cartoon, a long automated cutup line with a bunch of giant hammers and sawblades coming outta nowhere (I am that dumb yes).

  • Jaques Studly
    Jaques Studly13 uur geleden

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  • stefanc7
    stefanc713 uur geleden

    Good suggestions AND you can also simply stop eating animals.

  • Raymond Kidwell
    Raymond Kidwell13 uur geleden

    Real news instead of just talking about politics. I appreciate it.

  • M D
    M D14 uur geleden

    Not only animals are abused but also the workers go thru mistreatment? Unfrigin real! Just watch a video on how animals are treated and you will stop eating meat. We don’t treat dogs like that.

  • niduoe stre
    niduoe stre14 uur geleden

    So ummm... Socialism is evil? Capitalism works fine and everyone works perfectly eh?

  • Okay VII
    Okay VII14 uur geleden

    and i was thinking europe was a bad place to live in people in china have better working conditions then the USA has to offer

  • Brian K
    Brian K14 uur geleden

    Go vegan

  • Naveen Silva
    Naveen Silva15 uur geleden

    I find the show pretty informative and enjoy watching it, but the jokes and analogies need a lot of work...

  • niduoe stre

    niduoe stre

    14 uur geleden

    When a product is free, you are the product When a product is cheap, someone else is paying. In suffering

  • Zena AL
    Zena AL15 uur geleden

    Will anything ever change ? I honestly don't think so

  • Psyche Desiree Een Castillo
    Psyche Desiree Een Castillo15 uur geleden

    The people near the top of the hierarchy can sometimes be the most worthless and corrupt. The workers who actually do the work are treated inhumanely- just because they are deemed "replaceable" with other vulnerable people. F'*** this world.

  • GRiZfam 303
    GRiZfam 30315 uur geleden

    Is this episode about the backstreet boys reunion tour?