Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on Feb 21, 2021
  • 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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Comments • 70

  • Hellion Shark
    Hellion Shark 6 hours ago

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

  • Maloy7800
    Maloy7800 6 hours ago

    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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  • Alium Cepa
    Alium Cepa 7 hours ago

    just like, close the usa down at this point

  • Dave lon
    Dave lon 8 hours ago

    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.

  • Ryan Karl
    Ryan Karl 10 hours ago

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

  • J Lafo
    J Lafo 10 hours ago +1

    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.

  • dondoron
    dondoron 11 hours ago

    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.

  • mizzury54
    mizzury54 12 hours ago

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

    • PB & J
      PB & J 5 hours ago

      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.

  • Alison Loy
    Alison Loy 12 hours ago

    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!

  • Bertrand Zerpersande
    Bertrand Zerpersande 14 hours ago

    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!

    • PB & J
      PB & J 5 hours ago

      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

  • ShadoeLandman
    ShadoeLandman 15 hours ago

    Cluckingham Palace. Now that’s 😄

  • 2Stonefly
    2Stonefly 15 hours ago

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

  • 2Stonefly
    2Stonefly 15 hours ago

    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.

  • Justin Hopkins
    Justin Hopkins 16 hours ago

    We can thank Republicans for the poor treatment of workers.

  • Jimmy Webb
    Jimmy Webb 18 hours ago

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

  • Harpastan Man
    Harpastan Man 18 hours ago +1

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

  • Bellesativa
    Bellesativa 18 hours ago

    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.

  • Dean Pruitt
    Dean Pruitt 18 hours ago

    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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  • Hazel
    Hazel 20 hours ago +4

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

  • Rikki Slonce
    Rikki Slonce 20 hours ago

    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.

  • dirtbag1713
    dirtbag1713 20 hours ago

    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.

  • Liberty Springs
    Liberty Springs 20 hours ago

    Well, still better than factories in China🤷

  • Over Toasted
    Over Toasted 20 hours ago

    Simple: stop eating meat.

  • Sina Roughani
    Sina Roughani 20 hours ago

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

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  • Stragos Slizenberg
    Stragos Slizenberg 21 hour ago

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

  • Bryan Torresdey
    Bryan Torresdey 21 hour ago +1

    Just Go Vegan

  • Dimitar Dimitrov
    Dimitar Dimitrov 21 hour ago

    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.

    • Dimitar Dimitrov
      Dimitar Dimitrov 12 hours ago

      @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

    • Vaya Notaro
      Vaya Notaro 15 hours ago

      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

  • Kaiannanthi
    Kaiannanthi 21 hour ago

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

  • Smunstu Stinkymonster
    Smunstu Stinkymonster 22 hours ago

    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 22 hours ago

    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
    Helixdragon 22 hours ago

    Chinees company's own some of these?

  • ak0e
    ak0e 22 hours ago

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

  • Anduin
    Anduin 23 hours ago

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

  • buffalo bill
    buffalo bill 23 hours ago

    John Oliver a twat

  • Carole Trapp
    Carole Trapp 23 hours ago

    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 Day ago

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

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  • Mr Random
    Mr Random Day ago

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

  • Lady Luna Grimm
    Lady Luna Grimm Day ago

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

  • DeRosset Myers
    DeRosset Myers Day ago

    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 Day ago

    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 Day ago

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

  • Erik Schminke
    Erik Schminke Day ago

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

  • alex aruba
    alex aruba Day ago

    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 Day ago

    John knows about meat packing

  • Dr. Simple Beauty 300

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

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  • Thomas Remme
    Thomas Remme Day ago

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

  • Zachary Lindahl
    Zachary Lindahl Day ago +1

    Yay capitalism 🚩

  • TTS S
    TTS S Day ago

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

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  • Yuca Fries
    Yuca Fries Day ago

    When did John Oliver become unfunny

  • Tierra Petersen
    Tierra Petersen Day ago

    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 Day ago

    This show has really gone down hill

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    Treat me like a vibrator

  • jocodabest
    jocodabest Day ago

    Go vegan.

  • ChopStickSoSushi

    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

    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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  • MvD
    MvD Day ago

    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 Day ago +1

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

  • Sshh Quiet
    Sshh Quiet Day ago

    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 Day ago

    The border is extremely important to these companies bottom line