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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  • Jiggaboo Jones
    Jiggaboo Jonesწუთის წინ

    Straight up. No matter where you work, your bosses and managers do NOT care about you.

  • peaou
    peaou11 წუთის წინ

    The rich should read Christmas Carol

  • Cohl Furey
    Cohl Furey12 წუთის წინ

    Yet another reason to go vegetarian.

  • Talon Shepard
    Talon Shepard12 წუთის წინ

    I just want to thank the whole production team and everyone responsible for last week tonight for making free content that is incredibly educational exposing massive amounts of flaws in the systems we live in. Truly heroic in the society we live in today.

  • Élaine Doumont
    Élaine Doumont12 წუთის წინ

    A bit more protection for workers won't cut it. Not by a long shot. We got a lot more workers protection in Germany. And yet there we had multiple Meat-Factories with similar problems. Especially some with massive Covid-19 outbreaks. Outbreaks that only made the terrible working conditions in those Factories of Companies like Tönnies know to the public. Non of Germanys regulations however helped in those cases. Leading me to my point: You cannot assure that the workers in a company will have the best possible working conditions if you do not give control of the company to the workers.

  • Sujay95
    Sujay9514 წუთის წინ

    Land of the free, right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Ghalaghor McAllistor
    Ghalaghor McAllistor17 წუთის წინ

    Oh, you need to take a toilet break? Just wear diapers and a feeding bag so you can keep working. Better yet, learn how to continue working while you're sleeping so yo never have to go home and just keep doing your job and slave away for your bosses 24/7! /s

    CYNTHIA SWAIN18 წუთის წინ

    Sad and although the facts are compelling, I’m not optimistic that there will be changes without a significant job action.

  • Fabulous Roy
    Fabulous Roy18 წუთის წინ

    Holy shit I just took a test in history and we learned about this.

  • Jeje Here
    Jeje Here35 წუთის წინ

    The bent weeder kelly occur because date perioperatively trip among a lush love. unwieldy, quack mistake

  • Mormodes
    Mormodes37 წუთის წინ

    The U.S. was and is built on the backs of slave labor? Color me surprised. Been like this for centuries. Glad you can show it off, since the fucking "news" people see everyday will continue licking the boots of whoever pays them the most (or owns them, like Sinclair)

  • Enkel Trik
    Enkel Trik37 წუთის წინ

    Don't eat meat, and if you do, don't eat shit meat that's cheap. Problem solved, move along.

  • Joes Di
    Joes Di47 წუთის წინ

    I can't even finish this video, John. 😔

  • Headsnack
    Headsnack57 წუთის წინ

    Looks like it's time to break out the factory farm anthem!

  • Angel Lezay
    Angel Lezay57 წუთის წინ

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  • Bryce Creighton
    Bryce Creightonსაათის წინ

    Excuse me John, I believe you meant to say DAME Judi Dench

  • David Rewerts
    David Rewertsსაათის წინ

    The solution to this weeks episode and last weeks Episode on the pandemic and meat packing is to go vegan.

  • Golgotha_Mythos69
    Golgotha_Mythos69საათის წინ

    "This country has Socialism for the rich, and rugged individualism for the poor." ~MLK

  • sarthak khajotia
    sarthak khajotiaსაათის წინ

    please do another one on India. Really go all out mann

  • William Rice
    William Riceსაათის წინ

    I believe companies should be charged a percentage of their yearly profits starts between 3-10% depending on severity that DOUBLES with each infraction.

  • Sam Vidas
    Sam Vidasსაათის წინ

    11:05 personal timestamp

  • Robert Frapples
    Robert Frapplesსაათის წინ

    DAMN! I hardly recognized John Oliver! He looks like he has aged 20 years since 2016 when he was sticking his foot in his mouth with his little "Do it!" dare to Trump. Goofy Brit! Maybe it's just all the extra new fat that makes him look so much older.

  • cecily boyd
    cecily boydსაათის წინ

    I once got a box of breakfast burritos and the 2nd or third one I pulled out of the box had a TOENAIL in it. It took several weeks if back and forth between the company and I before I was sent an apology and coupons for more products. I sent them the toenail as proof in a prepaid envelope in return.

  • arianna
    ariannaსაათის წინ

    All this money that these companies and executives have... and now our politicians too.... maybe they should all retire?? Or maybe politicians could do their jobs and everyone would have more money to pump into the economy. It's not a great plan to let ,01% of the country have 80% of the wealth and just sit on it...

  • M X
    M Xსაათის წინ

    The solution: Stop buying Tyson products. They have no intention of ever treating their hourly works with respect or dignity and their political ties run deep so they will never be held accountable.

  • jechoon
    jechoonსაათის წინ

    I wish John would call for a boycott of meat and all associated products from the biggest manufacturers. Hit them in the wallet and they’ll start paying attention. But he didn’t . When you eat your sandwich tonight, think about the thousands of workers who were forced to make the meat supply chain work in harsh conditions just so you can enjoy your bite .

  • arianna
    ariannaსაათის წინ

    ....not to mention employers can take out life insurance policies on their employees. Incentive to make sure to poorly train and enforce safety measures!

  • Raoul Roar
    Raoul Roarსაათის წინ

    The USA is a Hollywood Film

  • Nick C
    Nick Cსაათის წინ

    "USA! Greatest country on Earth! Go freedom!" Literally Soviet-era Russia had NOTHING on current-day good old American propaganda. That's the one thing the USA really is a world leader in: Successful and covert propagandizing of it's populace.

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    Shu _the_edenსაათის წინ


  • Lex Williamson
    Lex Williamsonსაათის წინ

    It’s a good day to be vegan

  • Paul Schmitt

    Paul Schmitt

    საათის წინ

    Every day is a good day to be Vegan :)

  • H Geez
    H Geez2 საათის წინ

    Wow an episode of John Oliver not referring to trump once ?????

  • MD mohsin Sultan
    MD mohsin Sultan2 საათის წინ


  • Micah Godsey
    Micah Godsey2 საათის წინ

    I live in Greeley Colorado and JBS smells like rotten cheese every time I drive by. Doesn’t surprise me they’re full of it

  • rvScript
    rvScript2 საათის წინ

    Robot F^

  • Bro
    Bro2 საათის წინ

    Nothing is above us on the food chain

  • davissae
    davissae2 საათის წინ

    Bludgeon me with a long form critique of corporate food processing, you tea-swilling jackhammer

  • Steven Wymor
    Steven Wymor2 საათის წინ

    Unionize! Then strike.

  • ScrivoQualcosa
    ScrivoQualcosa2 საათის წინ

  • hans3844
    hans38442 საათის წინ

    Something we saw in my state was small towns that primarily relied on meat packing plants for jobs had the highest percent of cases throughout the pandemic regardless if people worked there because workers were going home and getting their friends and family's sick. this totally destroyed their medical centers and pushed them to get help in the city witch was hours away. there were more active cases in some of these small towns then there was in our biggest metro area with over a million in population. i really feel for our small town folks. these companies basically destroyed their towns and communities and seem to have gotten away with it :/

  • Joel Olsson
    Joel Olsson2 საათის წინ

    It's crazy how far behind USA is when it comes to this kind of things. Hopefully they will catch up with the rest of the western world. "Keep them poor and they will fight for scraps. They will have to many problems in their life to do something about it." Think i read it somewhere 🤔

  • Calvin Hobbes
    Calvin Hobbes2 საათის წინ

    Fuck, man. I remember when you were still funny.

  • Lanchester Naanyane
    Lanchester Naanyane2 საათის წინ

    Another day in America.

  • Joseph Jill
    Joseph Jill2 საათის წინ


  • Phillip K
    Phillip K2 საათის წინ

    It's 2021 and time to ditch meat, folks. This industry is filled with unimaginable amounts of human and animal exploitation. 70 BILLION slaughtered every year for meat. The industry is a massive contributor to climate change and is unsustainable. Disease comes from and spreads in meat production. We got the swine flu from pigs, the bird flu from poultry, and covid has spread in these meat plants like nowhere else. All signs point in the same direction: Ditch meat. Today. We cannot support this industry any further, and the alternatives available are better than ever.

  • Elder Sun
    Elder Sun2 საათის წინ


  • Charles Fox
    Charles Fox2 საათის წინ

    What can we do? Stop buying their shitty product!

  • Cory Cole
    Cory Cole3 საათის წინ

    Tfw your mom says you have Upton Sinclair at home

  • Charles Fox
    Charles Fox3 საათის წინ

    Why are we surprised that the abuse isn't limited to the animals?

  • BeastNation2009
    BeastNation20093 საათის წინ

    "just let the market regulate itself", they said.

  • Kalvin Lam
    Kalvin Lam3 საათის წინ

    This is what happens when high level execs care more about their compensation over they lively hood of the bottom tier workers that do important work. It is possible for companies to pay their employees well and still turn a profit. In n out is famous for paying their employees well over minimum wage and giving them health insurance and plenty of vacation days. Their burgers are still inexpensive and they turn a profit.

  • James Forestier
    James Forestier3 საათის წინ

    *cough* unions *cough*

  • Penny Dupre
    Penny Dupre3 საათის წინ

    Its not just meat packing plants this is a problem within almost all industries. Or organization that hires a lot of workers. Its better to work for a small or family owned business. But they would have to charge more for their products and wares. One would think this only happened in 3rd world countries and China. But we get away with it because of lobbyist politicians and the uninformed population. And the rights of the people to form a UNION in the work place. Not to mention the great divide between those who have and the have nots. People go to work every day on jobs where safety is ignored or suppressed for the sake of quantity of production so that CEOs can get raises and investors can get profits. Small farmers are put out of business by politicians who are there only to line their pockets as well. Workers and the self employed are left with few options large costs for operations and unbelievable insurance expenses. Farmers are put out of business for companies that produce chemical ladened food intended to make it grow faster. It only takes a hand full of people in position of power and money to control how we live. And they say this is a country where everyone has equal opportunities. IT IS NOT. I could go on but there is no point until the masses realize that they have let it go on for so long that they will have to suffer greatly in order to begin to change things. Ask TEXANS about suffering due to not wanting to participate with the rest of the country through deregulations. They still don't know what has happened which is the result of making decisions based on what they have been told instead of what they can see with their own two eyes and experienced have in their lives after the big freeze. They are now being told its the fault of an IDEA not yet put into place. And they believe this because they do not think for themselves. Which is the point of providing them with low quality education. They are being trained to blame anyone and every one except those who are actually responsible for their problems. This is why segregation and inequality is important to big business. To create scapegoats. And people who don't have the good sense to see they have been gaslighted by those they choose to trust.

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    IvotedBidenBaby!3 საათის წინ


  • Beatriz Parga
    Beatriz Parga3 საათის წინ

    OSHA had teeth when I worked in the Hospital setting in California. We live in a third world country for so many. It’s gross 🤮

  • D.P. Snyder
    D.P. Snyder3 საათის წინ

    Why I don't and won't ever again eat meat. Thanks, John. I recommend getting meat out of your diet as fast as you can. Most people who eat meat are eating suffering, antibiotics, and human slavery. Sure you can buy meat from animals grown on local farm. But I assure you, once you stop eating your fellow creatures, you wil never want to ever again.

  • D HG
    D HG4 საათის წინ

    Despicable vacuous behavior and treatment of their workers by these industries. Thank you John Oliver.

  • asymptoticspatula
    asymptoticspatula4 საათის წინ

    Hmmm reminds me of a book I read once...a famous one by Upton SInclair...(which is easily the most depressing book I've ever read)

  • kaziabir1
    kaziabir14 საათის წინ

    Tyson needs to go out of business

  • Rebecca Albrecht
    Rebecca Albrecht4 საათის წინ

    Tagesschau ist besser. Amerikanischer Humor ist mir zu unbeleidigend.

  • ziljin
    ziljin4 საათის წინ

    Watch Food Inc on GEcold. It came out over a decade ago and it seems like nothing has changed since then.

  • dawn linnell
    dawn linnell4 საათის წინ

    I hope you get a Peabody award for this.

  • diane shirley
    diane shirley4 საათის წინ

    Stop eating meat.

  • Jon Johnson
    Jon Johnson4 საათის წინ

    Typical Corporate america. People doing all the work get screwed while the paper pushers make all the money.

  • John Morgan
    John Morgan4 საათის წინ

    Even though I don't eat any meat whatsoever, I still feel part of this problem. Western society has truly lost its way

  • somebody on the internet
    somebody on the internet4 საათის წინ

    So what day are we staring out civil disobedience protest? I thought this was American

  • Unlucky776
    Unlucky7764 საათის წინ

    Thank you for bringing this up. With some luck more people will look into this. What a terrible situation.

  • Kyle martin
    Kyle martin4 საათის წინ

    Upton Sinclair is rolling in his grave over this.

  • John Smith
    John Smith4 საათის წინ

    Wow a john oliver show not devoted to donald trump, hired writers maybe?

  • Crimson Cetra
    Crimson Cetra4 საათის წინ

    I'm so glad, I don't live in this shithole of a country.

  • Paul Schmitt

    Paul Schmitt

    საათის წინ

    This is happening all around the World.

  • TheTeamDavey
    TheTeamDavey5 საათის წინ

    John Oliver, you are a Marvel level hero for our time. You wield your comedic Sword of Justice with rapier precision, and like reverse Superman, your powers are fully expressed when you put ON the suit and glasses.

  • pickinduck
    pickinduck5 საათის წინ

    What ever happened to "Clean Meat" (laboratory grown meat)❓ We desperately need to get rid of slavery in this country. I'm not a vegetarian but I'm pretty damn close. People should NOT be eating this much meat❗

  • Gold Mamba
    Gold Mamba5 საათის წინ

    Wow they were betting on how many would catch the 🦠. That and ole boy pissing under the line, I see why my stepdaughter with vegan. Some information you want to know but don’t wanna know, this episode shocked the fuck out of me.

  • Jack F
    Jack F5 საათის წინ

    dont care, can this guy get deported please? who wants this guy around?

  • Bob Weber
    Bob Weber5 საათის წინ

    I got screwed over by workmens comp, unemployment and the doctors provided to me, they missed diagnosed and operated on me that was unneccessary... and they never fixed the original problem! The U.S. insurance companies are corrupt and need to be destroyed! I have no respect for these assholes!

  • Kira1Lawliet
    Kira1Lawliet5 საათის წინ

    6:26 "When we're dead and buried, our bones will still be hurting." That has to be one of the most chillingly morbid sentences I've ever heard in my life.

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    TRY HYPNOSIS with robito5 საათის წინ

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    Calamity o.O5 საათის წინ

    When my partner was hurt during naval training, they made him sign a waiver while high on painkillers.

  • ICU
    ICU5 საათის წინ

    Boycott Tyson if you care

  • truth seeker
    truth seeker5 საათის წინ

    Atleast someone is talking about these workers , in China you would be died at the very moment you try to criticize the communist party

  • Megan
    Megan5 საათის წინ

    Missed the point by a mile- "You can draw one simple conclusion" - STOP EATING MEAT! Our animals are abused, the people working in these factories are abused, until we find an alternative to factory farming and assembly line meatpacking, it is UNETHICAL to eat meat. As a humanist, and as a species that claims to love animals, we do a shitty job of showing it.

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  • Araxie Rose
    Araxie Rose6 საათის წინ

    Any time a company you're interviewing for refers to their staff as being "like a family", do yourself a favor and RUN. Nothing good is gonna come out of this situation for you.

  • Eleanore S
    Eleanore S6 საათის წინ

    this is why i laugh when people tell me being vegan is extreme

  • fireballtp
    fireballtp6 საათის წინ

    I love it when someone tells me Unions and labor laws are no longer needed in this country.

  • Star Smith
    Star Smith6 საათის წინ

    Amazon was only charged $1,500 for violating covid rules. There are over 500 workers here.

  • Zachary Van Stanley
    Zachary Van Stanley6 საათის წინ

    If we really want to stop this from happening, we need to stop supporting these businesses. Buying from Tyson and the like is basically saying that you are OK with what they are doing. If you care about people or animals, stop buying meat. The problem is that Americans are unwilling to give up their comfort.

  • Andrew Wilkinson
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  • Auguste Eberle
    Auguste Eberle6 საათის წინ

    Another set of reasons why my cousin is vegetarian.

  • Saurabh P
    Saurabh P6 საათის წინ

    I feel ashamed that once I wanted to go to America. 😐

  • No Name
    No Name6 საათის წინ

    The meat industry is nasty, evil and unbelievably cruel. This doesn’t even scratch the surface. If slaughterhouses had glass walls and people knew what was really in that meat, most people would consider a diet change. Pure nastiness

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    Laura Brown6 საათის წინ

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  • L
    L6 საათის წინ

    You think that's bad? Take the case of a worker who caught their hand in a meat reclamation machine losing it, and the manager had to be told that they needed to close the line down and clean it, when they refused it had to be pointed out that it is illegal to sell human meat for consumption. Otherwise they were just going to let it keep on rolling.

  • L
    L6 საათის წინ

    Not giving workers bathroom breaks is just asking for serious outbreaks such as Listeria Monocytogenes to occur. They should be closed down.

  • Amina Bourzam
    Amina Bourzam7 საათის წინ

    OMG this is really hard to hear. Mr Sanchez never called in sick in 3 decades and they get finned 15000 for indirectly killing him... Just heartbreaking. Are they even allowed to unionize ?

  • Brian Gagen
    Brian Gagen7 საათის წინ

    Meatpacking? You talking about the kids in cages at the border? I can't believe people actually listen to the sound that comes out of your face

  • Yahada Qam Yasharala
    Yahada Qam Yasharala7 საათის წინ

    I used to work for a few poultry plant companies, they just change names, management, policy etc and keep the same facility. An average day we would kill between 150 to 250k chickens a day. Its a dirty labouring gruesome job depending on your department. Live hang which paid the most(15-18hr) is where you hang them by their feet into the shackles which can get up to like 150 birds per minute. Its pretty crazy and you need a damn strong back cause them birds aint going lol I always hated to see them suffer but I understood this is how we feed society. Its unfortunate cause a lot of the meat does go to waste, I stopped eating chicken for awhile.

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    Andrew Wilkinson7 საათის წინ

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