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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  1. Cyrus Wu

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    costco should kick tyson products

  2. pevitzachast

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    Thank you God this episode was not more social justice bullshit.

  3. davidveale24

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    wow what a third world country

  4. Zachary Andrew

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    I aimed for public's heart and hit it in the stomach. Upton Sinclair

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  6. Marina and The Devil

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    Stop eating animals, eat the rich 🍽

  7. texxx outlaw

    texxx outlaw2 timmar sedan

    if anyone really cared they would just stop buying chicken. oh yeah you cant your eating that same chicken right no as you read this comment all greasy handed and shit.

  8. Ptao Tom

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    The situation is similiar here in Germany and Austria. To circumvent the work safety rules, the factory workers are sub sub contractors mostly from Eastern Europe.

  9. tbailey264

    tbailey2642 timmar sedan

    Horrific tales from meat packing plants? What is this, 1920? Oh wait, no, we just live in a third world country

  10. Ptao Tom

    Ptao Tom23 minuter sedan


  11. Lauren Pau

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    The meat industry is just disgusting all around, it has no regard for life either animal or human!!

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  15. Matt M

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    Another day John Oliver attacks low hanging fruit video

  16. Naphtali Musnyama

    Naphtali Musnyama4 timmar sedan

    ...and some Americans are more inclined to bleat about sweatshops in China, Vietnam, Bangladesh whilst their very neighbours are technically indentured. 🙄

  17. Hellion Shark

    Hellion Shark6 timmar sedan

    The freer the market, the freer the people, eh...

  18. Maloy7800

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    Dear Mr.Oliver. I have a favor to ask. I understand that in order to be popular in the "great" Britain and "the colonies" you need to dilute serious conversation by adding unfunny jokes every 30 seconds (yes, go ahead, viewers, CHECK). Unfortunately, I have come to like your videos, but, fortunately, I'm neither a brit nor a yank (neither are you, they WILL hang you by the neck one day). Is there any chance you could add a special montage of your videos WITHOUT those every-30-seconds stupid jokes, for people from countries where intellect is not considered a symptom of communist satanism? Thank you.

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  21. Alium Cepa

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    just like, close the usa down at this point

  22. Dave lon

    Dave lon7 timmar sedan

    I'm sorry, did he say that the weapon that killed an unarmed underaged was up for auction? Flag that auction for fktards will apply.

  23. Ryan Karl

    Ryan Karl10 timmar sedan

    Way to look out for your 1% Tyson/OSHA..America? Mr Oliver, thank you.

  24. J Lafo

    J Lafo10 timmar sedan

    Sad that this is everywhere. Got a serious neck injury from a machine at a warehouse and was forced to sign a release to get back to work. At barely a living wage... I couldn't afford the time off so signed away my rights to keep a roof over my head. At another warehouse different company, while assembling cheap bbq grills the drill slipped (cheap alloy screw bent/broke) and went right through my hand. Scrubbed out the debris, band aids on both sides since it went straight through, took a day off to keep injury minimally clean but if I went to a doc seeking relief I would be released. For this one I took the loss and saw the doc. Both injuries have come back in bad ways but what am I to do? Keep your head down and keep working if you want a paycheck. I can't afford more medical bills that I can't pay off in this lifetime. This is everywhere. Corporations have taken too much.

  25. dondoron

    dondoron11 timmar sedan

    The situation is similiar here in Germany and Austria. To circumvent the work safety rules, the factory workers are sub sub contractors mostly from Eastern Europe.

  26. mizzury54

    mizzury5412 timmar sedan

    So I wonder if things would change if "Americans " took these jobs.

  27. PB & J

    PB & J5 timmar sedan

    No, probably not, born and raised in Wa State, and my son worked, for a beef packing plant. He said that is exactly how it is. I am so glad he doesnt work there anymore.

  28. Alison Loy

    Alison Loy12 timmar sedan

    There was a great reason why we didn't allow industry monopolies. Our politicians and their pets are factory farming animals, workers and NOW OUR ELDERS!

  29. Bertrand Zerpersande

    Bertrand Zerpersande14 timmar sedan

    I don’t see anything wrong with betting on a number. The lottery does it. Sports bets involve two numbers. As long as they weren’t doing anything to try to manipulate the number, other than ‘downward as much as possible’, what’s the big deal? Not giving adequate breaks? THERE’S your problem!

  30. Bertrand Zerpersande

    Bertrand Zerpersande4 timmar sedan

    @PB & J Nope, making a wager on a number, a number which is not going to change due to the bet having been made, hurts no one. Except the feelings of overly sensitive wushes.

  31. PB & J

    PB & J5 timmar sedan

    If you dont see that placing bets, on what workers will get the deadly panademic, due to the work environment the ones who are beating created.......then there is no hope, for you......I really hope your comment was facetious

  32. ShadoeLandman

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    Cluckingham Palace. Now that’s 😄

  33. 2Stonefly

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    12:54 KAREN'S Karens"s everywhere!!! Run and hide. Karen has overtaken Tyson!!! .

  34. 2Stonefly

    2Stonefly15 timmar sedan

    My Mom, at 16 year old, worked in a chicken processing factory back in the 1960's. To this day, she still hates eating chicken.

  35. Justin Hopkins

    Justin Hopkins16 timmar sedan

    We can thank Republicans for the poor treatment of workers.

  36. Jimmy Webb

    Jimmy Webb17 timmar sedan

    I don't buy Tyson anything because it's low grade. I had no idea they treat their workers like chickens too.

  37. Harpastan Man

    Harpastan Man18 timmar sedan

    Are the 5 thousand thumbs downs just company owners getting mad at the facts slapping them in the face? Selfish greedy fucks.

  38. Bellesativa

    Bellesativa18 timmar sedan

    Going Keto, you eat more meat fat which is more filling, less lean meat, less processed meat, spend less money on meat so you can afford to buy organic meats from local ranchers you know and trust, and lose weight without going hungry.

  39. Dean Pruitt

    Dean Pruitt18 timmar sedan

    No one wants to talk about how there’s only enough beef to supply 60% of what we’re eating there’s not enough beef on this planet to support the United States so 40% of your burger is a protein substance filler what is the filler do you know McDonald’s has their scientists who genetically make their meat taste good and add flavor they admit this what’s the flavor human DNA cow do you neither growing proteins Slery but from who and from what

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  42. Hazel

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    Even longer term solution: End the meat industry altogether. The future is plant-based.

  43. Lisa Johnson

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  44. Rikki Slonce

    Rikki Slonce19 timmar sedan

    It's stuff like this that makes me feel ashamed to be called an American. I really hope I die in another country so I don't have to make my family visit America to see me.

  45. dirtbag1713

    dirtbag171319 timmar sedan

    Sad thing is this is how it goes at any company with divided corporate and physical labor. Send the desk jockeys on 10 vacations a year while the people on the line can't take 1 sick day.

  46. Liberty Springs

    Liberty Springs19 timmar sedan

    Well, still better than factories in China🤷

  47. Over Toasted

    Over Toasted19 timmar sedan

    Simple: stop eating meat.

  48. Sina Roughani

    Sina Roughani20 timmar sedan

    So, you're saying go vegan, but your sponsors aren't letting you because they're complicit?

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  50. Stragos Slizenberg

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    I was expecting the 3rd most important thing to be Adam Driver

  51. Bryan Torresdey

    Bryan Torresdey20 timmar sedan

    Just Go Vegan

  52. Dimitar Dimitrov

    Dimitar Dimitrov21 timme sedan

    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.

  53. Dimitar Dimitrov

    Dimitar Dimitrov12 timmar sedan

    @Vaya Notaro but that's how he framed it. I want to make that conclusion on my own. I'm not saying the video is a scam, just that it could be presented a bit more independent manner

  54. Vaya Notaro

    Vaya Notaro15 timmar sedan

    well I feel like the fact that they're all in close proximity to each other, with no bathroom breaks, and what seems like an already unhygienic workplace- could result to something over the national average

  55. Kaiannanthi

    Kaiannanthi21 timme sedan

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

  56. Smunstu Stinkymonster

    Smunstu Stinkymonster21 timme sedan

    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.

  57. Teresa Kusic

    Teresa Kusic21 timme sedan

    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?

  58. Helixdragon

    Helixdragon21 timme sedan

    Chinees company's own some of these?

  59. ak0e

    ak0e22 timmar sedan

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

  60. Anduin

    Anduin22 timmar sedan

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

  61. buffalo bill

    buffalo bill23 timmar sedan

    John Oliver a twat

  62. Carole Trapp

    Carole Trapp23 timmar sedan

    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.

  63. Damian Allen

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

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  65. Mr Random

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

  66. Lady Luna Grimm

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

  67. DeRosset Myers

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    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.

  68. Celina Skailand

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

  69. Mojo Joji

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

  70. Erik Schminke

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

  71. alex aruba

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    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.

  72. Botto Jonsey

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    John knows about meat packing

  73. Dr. Simple Beauty 300

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

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  75. Thomas Remme

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

  76. Zachary Lindahl

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    Yay capitalism 🚩

  77. TTS S

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

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  80. Yuca Fries

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    When did John Oliver become unfunny

  81. Tierra Petersen

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    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.

  82. Ja Ja DingDong

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  84. Israfel El elyon

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  85. jocodabest

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    Go vegan.

  86. ChopStickSoSushi

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    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

  87. Follow the white rabbit

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    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,

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  89. MvD

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    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.

  90. John Schmidt

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

  91. Sshh Quiet

    Sshh QuietDag sedan

    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.

  92. Roy Rogers

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    The border is extremely important to these companies bottom line

  93. Aden Anthony

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    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.

  94. hinsonian

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    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

  95. Logan Ahern

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

  96. Kfroguar

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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

  97. SilverXT

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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.. :'(

  98. Vaya Notaro

    Vaya Notaro15 timmar sedan

    Skip ahead on those parts

  99. DJ I Love Music

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

  100. hawaiisunfun

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

  101. Carlos Spicyweiner

    Carlos SpicyweinerDag sedan

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

  102. Mindset Club

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    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..

  103. Mindset Club

    Mindset ClubDag sedan

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

  104. Pete Hay

    Pete HayDag sedan

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

  105. Jen Gilbert

    Jen GilbertDag sedan

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

  106. WingsWithFeet

    WingsWithFeetDag sedan

    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!!!

  107. Jeffrey Butts

    Jeffrey ButtsDag sedan

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

  108. Vaya Notaro

    Vaya Notaro15 timmar sedan

    your last name is butts

  109. Brandon Oliver

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    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.

  110. Luna GEM

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    As A Teacher I’d like U All To Get TheVac Before Me Cuz I’m Better Protected Only As Much As They Are Just Saying