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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  • nintendoboy17
    nintendoboy17Πριν 23 λεπτά

    Now we need John Oliver to cover retail work, especially during COVID!

  • S Y
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    I dont see how that waiver could hold up in court. You cant sign a contract under duress.

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  • fouoii gyhh
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  • SJ R
    SJ RΠριν ώρα

    A lot of this is misinformation. when the illegals were rounded up at the meatpacking places the citizens filled their place. . And, machinery can do this work now, less need for humans, The harvesters of the fields could be repaced with machinery but Congress would not approve subsidizing the industry if machinery is used. It's the politicians that need to be pressured to changing our method of harvesting. In my early life I was on the assembly line doing 'piece work' I think I have more insight than a guy running his mouth

  • Dane Endly
    Dane EndlyΠριν ώρα

    John Oliver seems like such a sellout now...Not to mention his jokes are horrible in cringey ... Judi Dench? Medium tempered pigeon? Like dude you just sound weird or desperate. Do old British people find this funny

  • fouoii gyhh

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    meatpacking plant that is! Yukl, yuk, y'all.

  • mymak2015
    mymak2015Πριν 2 ώρες

    Every year I teach The Jungle and we talk about how things haven’t gotten much better. Upton Sinclair is rolling in his grave.

  • Nikhil Anand
    Nikhil AnandΠριν 2 ώρες

    Anyone remember how proud Trump was for keeping these plants open?

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    rebuild and strengthen OSHA.

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  • Beach&BoardFan
    Beach&BoardFanΠριν 2 ώρες

    HA! This is industry as a whole, go work in any industrial plant, This isnt a meat packing industry problem...

  • Lani Kiss
    Lani KissΠριν 2 ώρες

    On an amazing episode of America Dad, Walt Disney was woken up from being cryogenically frozen. When he saw the shit his legacy was being reduced to, he had three options: 1. Shut it down. 2. Shut it all down. 3. Shut it down, Shut it all down! We, like Disney, must go with option 3.

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  • I Geriatrici
    I GeriatriciΠριν 3 ώρες

    Almost makes you wish for something big to happen... Like, if everyone suddenly decided to not come in to work one day and block entrances to the plants... Like, in the *entire* U.S. of A. ... Man, wouldn't it be cool if there was a way to call something so *generalized* ? To *hit back* at the abuses of companies? *AGGRESSIVE WINK*

  • young20something
    young20somethingΠριν 3 ώρες

    By the time he got to the summary and said "diapers" I was like "I forgot all about the diapers! I was really hung up on the dismemberments!"

  • Vanessa Hunter
    Vanessa HunterΠριν 3 ώρες

    I genuinely wonder if Mr Oliver regrets becoming a US citizen?

  • AD Harbison
    AD HarbisonΠριν 3 ώρες

    This is why you should support local meat markets and butcher shops

  • Kevin Coles
    Kevin ColesΠριν 3 ώρες

    They said human police officers can't raid, said nothing about police guinea pigs

  • Plumikii Ryu
    Plumikii RyuΠριν 3 ώρες

    Please Do A Piece on Michael Jackson Hi, I’m writing to you because Last Week Tonight as opposed to other such shows actually cares about issues rather than chasing the headlines. It has been 11 years since Michael Jackson passed away yet to this day what the common consensus is that he is a taboo subject for many. I recall you guys once did a piece on Public Shaming. Michael Jackson was a genius, an abused child. He was strange. He was one of the few major stars from the 80s who came out of the 80s without a heroine addiction. He in his own way did many, Many strange things, but so do most other superstars. And more than others he actually cared. About children, about the earth. About the issues we are discussing to this day. While Icons like Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Prince, Beetles and many more are known for their good works, Michael is known for the something which he has repeatedly been acquitted for. It’s the truth that anyone looking for will find instantly but due to the “where there is smoke there is a fire” narrative, even 11 years after his death, the new media treats him like a criminal. All his trial pages are open for the public to read. He WAS weird. Making a ranch called neverland, hanging out with children. Trusting people he shouldn’t. But I urge you please cover him, hear beyond the noise like you guys often do. The most successful African American Artist of all time was a humble man child, who respected women, loved children and cared about our environment. He was not a heroine junkie, a private man who did not share his disease even all the way back in 1993 even though he was accused of wanting to become a “White Man”. He was eccentric. Hanging out with animals and caring about them. This article covers multiple sources, some of which I had read previously. Michael Jackson was a multi talented millionaire pop star, who was not an alcoholic, was a caring father, a filial son, Treated women with respect, cared about the planet and it’s beings. The press that constantly kept DASHING him, had found a way to subvert their guilt. All those years of calling him a “Jacko”, “monkey” and many more hurtful things was justified if he was a paedophile. They NEEDED him to be guilty. Such a man cannot exist in Hollywood. Such public shaming had allowed and to this day allows Michael to be a victim to all this slander. Please do a piece, if not one that exonerates him then one that once and for all cements the fact the Michael Jackson, the greatest pop star, the first African American Idol was a paedophile. Not through unknown sources or flimsy headlines but through concrete proof. A news echoing in a closed chamber will not reach anyone, most fans who what to know the truth know it, other people will read the headlines but not the explanations. It’s about time the general public knows. Please do a piece on Michael, the blatant mistreatment by the media, The systematic racism he faced during his trials. Please don’t let the first African American Singer be remembered for the things he did not do, He was weird, weird enough to annoy Freddie Mercury with Bubbles feedbacks, weird enough to let kids crack raw eggs over Michael Jackson, Weird enough to play water balloons with children. But he was not a paedophile and the world needs to acknowledge that. He was in no way a “Perfect Human” but he tried his best to live right and we should not punish him for doing that. On this year please exonerate this Black man, the Justice System has done it two decades ago, it’s about time everyone else does. Please do a piece on Michael Jackson.

  • Roark mojo
    Roark mojoΠριν 3 ώρες

    I find it a complete and total shame that these are the only jobs available to these people. It almost looks like they were working in unison. And or shall we just say Unity. Welcome to the new world everybody LOL. Fools!

  • Emil S
    Emil SΠριν 4 ώρες

    All of you people who live in the U.S. complaining....I guarantee you that your life problems are your fault and no one else's. When we moved here we didn't speak English and had no money. We came post 9/11 and are middle eastern. This is the best country on earth and has SOME OF THE LEAST INEQUALITY ON A STRUCTURAL LEVEL THAN ALMOST ANYWHERE. You marxist children

  • John Lange
    John LangeΠριν 4 ώρες

    Oh paleez, wake up. Government is inept, and the whole cozy corporate-and-wealthy-funded-government doesn't nor shouldn't give a crap about us - we are now irrelevant - except on election day, where we are increasingly irrelevant, but - for now - necessary. Worker programs are increasingly just shells to claim that they have "systems" in place to "solve" all of the problems the proletariat might bitch about, just they don't really work to solve any of the problems, so just shut up, and stop yur yammin'! Pharaohs and slaves has been the model forever, and this is just the latest iteration, til they tee up the next one. Shangri-La! Put a fork in it, Ethel, this goose is cooked. After it was processed at a meatpacking plant that is! Yukl, yuk, y'all.

  • Logan X10
    Logan X10Πριν 4 ώρες

    Well if America was run by an actual progressive social democracy then none of this would be happening. We would've have beaten covid-19 years ago if Bernie Sanders was president but no corporate Democrats and republicans dictate what we should have. Also Biden bombed Syria for more oil yay.

  • why tho
    why thoΠριν 4 ώρες

    look this is why i watched you not to listen shit about the same damn subject. just try guess what.

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    Maniak62Πριν 4 ώρες

    16:46 that light on his eyes :D blessing from the lord

  • Hape Meatbeat
    Hape MeatbeatΠριν 5 ώρες

    Stories like that really make you appreciate capitalism.

  • Seth McC
    Seth McCΠριν 5 ώρες

    I like this piece but it's not just meat packing companies. I worked for Target. Their corporate environment is amazing but I worked in a warehouse and it's hell. You guys should look into them

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  • Gary Steele
    Gary SteeleΠριν 5 ώρες

    Unfortunately, our government works for businesses, not citizens.

  • King Third
    King ThirdΠριν 6 ώρες

    I never eat meat ever again because of this video.Love this show.

  • Kitanael
    KitanaelΠριν 6 ώρες

    That is the second episode in a row, where John should have said: "So, what can we do against this? Because there is absolutely no way this is the best version of this situation mankind could do. And because the victims are sentient, feeling creatures, there has to be done something in any way. But instead of hoping that politics and lobbies for the food industrie would change anything, you can sign a bill on everyday you go shopping and eat less meat. Yeah. I know what you think: Common John, go f*** yourself with the vegetearian/vegan bullshit. But listen, because whether you like it or not. This is one if not the most effective way, if you wanna change something about that on your own. Eat and buy less meat and other animal products. And now....this!"

  • Channel 42069
    Channel 42069Πριν 6 ώρες

    5:56 Holy that female Matt Coville?!

  • mardu general
    mardu generalΠριν 6 ώρες

    Unions, you guys need unions

  • Aaron Smithey
    Aaron SmitheyΠριν 6 ώρες

    were is the episode about my missing stimulus promised to me by biden in Georgia

  • Beth Gearhart
    Beth GearhartΠριν 6 ώρες

    I'm a workers compensation attorney representing injured workers, many in poultry plants. Can confirm all of this....

  • Internet Omatic
    Internet OmaticΠριν 6 ώρες

    And yet libs will do absolutely nothing to change this.

  • Skies of bethana
    Skies of bethanaΠριν 7 ώρες

    Unbridled Capitalism!!! say no more John...we know the routine^^ When will the "pitchforks" i.e regular Joe realize he and his coworkers hold all the cards...oh i forgot, UNIONs are communist and not common sense^^

  • Sp Who Me?
    Sp Who Me?Πριν 7 ώρες

    Why do we eat meat again?🤔🤧🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮

  • Rob Arentsen
    Rob ArentsenΠριν 7 ώρες

    Current debate in my country is whether we should attend the world championship soccer in Quatar in 2022, given the poor and even deadly working conditions of the (foreign) construction workers of the stadiums where the event should take place. Well, if that is a point of contend, maybe we should check our relations with the US too, given the poor and even deadly working conditions in it's meat packing industry.......

  • Vader Ravan
    Vader RavanΠριν 7 ώρες

    Where is the segment about what joe biden said about chinas genocide of uighurs as "cultural differences to us"😂🤣

  • Tracy Garner
    Tracy GarnerΠριν 7 ώρες

    Those are office workers not factory workers.

  • Tracy Garner
    Tracy GarnerΠριν 7 ώρες

    Denying an employee a bathroom break is an OSHA violation. Someone needs to protect these employees. This is why so we need unions. There are whistleblower protections but humans are vicious. I am sure they are still threaten.

  • Thunder ON
    Thunder ONΠριν 7 ώρες

    I really like this show when its not about politics

  • Akayla Braxxton
    Akayla BraxxtonΠριν 7 ώρες

    And people think indentured servitude ended in the USA lol. CEO’s are slave masters and slave masters are CEO’s.

  • Sarah S
    Sarah SΠριν 7 ώρες

    Remember when Mitch McConnell was withholding corona virus relief funds when families were suffering, in favor of protecting large corporations that run businesses like this, Ian’s through policy insuring they hold no liability when a worker get sick or dies? When are we going to end the corporate bribes, I mean “campaign contributions” that enable greedy pigs to look out for their own interests over every one else’s?

  • joe momma
    joe mommaΠριν 8 ώρες


  • Elizabeth Ortiz
    Elizabeth OrtizΠριν 8 ώρες

    By implementing changes that benefit workers companies will shoot the prices to the consumer through the roof, making the cost of living outrageously higher for everyone because obviously, the rich will NEVER, EVER give up their precious profits. They will fight back with sacrificing EVERYONE ELSE as long as their profits remain intact. I say all those improvements to OSHA and the USDA be financed DIRECTLY by profits being made by these companies, not by the employees' unions, not by taxpayers' money, not by price spikes but directly by companies' profits and to not allow them to spike their prices nor to punish their employees for fighting for their rights to a safe workplace and don't forget, their minimum wage should be increased at the same rate as inflation and that increase should come from the company's profits; they can afford it, they make fifty billion dollars a year, I'm sure that's enough money for all this and they will have billions left to spare every year.

  • Cy2k Cy2k
    Cy2k Cy2kΠριν 8 ώρες

    I am against FORCING people to work in such conditions. Can't they just say "oh fvck this" and walk away ?

  • Rainydropart -Anna
    Rainydropart -AnnaΠριν 8 ώρες

    This isn’t just meat plants. It’s most factories. TLDR. Wash any canned food because there’s for sure piss on it

  • Cy2k Cy2k
    Cy2k Cy2kΠριν 8 ώρες

    They deserve to suffer and be punished for their contribution to the animal abuse and suffering.

  • Shea Hogge
    Shea HoggeΠριν 8 ώρες

    Imagine working on the line and then being forced to watch a video of your bosses doing Pilates...

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  • Louise Daniels
    Louise DanielsΠριν 9 ώρες

    Please do a segment on ag-gag laws.

  • HaploidCell
    HaploidCellΠριν 9 ώρες

    This sounds exactly like the Tönnies meatpacking facility outbreak in Germany. Migrant workers who lived in company-provided housing on the premises got sick by the hundreds. It was thus the company's fault that they could not socially distance at work OR in private because those "accomodations" look like converted shipping containers with a bunch of bunk beds in them.

  • Tomas Pils
    Tomas PilsΠριν 9 ώρες

    america is just bad country

  • Jobe 420
    Jobe 420Πριν 10 ώρες

    The more we watch this. It not like no one gonna report this. Money first employees last... Thats pfg they make up their own rules

  • weerwolfproductions
    weerwolfproductionsΠριν 10 ώρες

    US conservative to Northern European: "At least we live in a FREE country!" Northern European looking at the complete disregard for and absence of basic human rights in the US: "riiiiiiiight...."

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  • Manish Rawat
    Manish RawatΠριν 12 ώρες

    "Meditation is great for clearing your mind. You just have to sit still, focus on your breath and try not to think about the local camera crew that's filming a piece about your corporate office culture that'll one day be uncomfortably juxtaposed with how appallingly your company treats workers in these factories." Classic JO.

  • Marshall1816
    Marshall1816Πριν 12 ώρες

    >.> You crying for this? Seriously?! Protecting the Worker! NO!! Communism! Bring Social Health Care no! COMMUNISM! Protection the Homeless! NO COMMUNISM! Defending Human Diginity by losing his JOB NO!! Communism! I am living in Europe even! I Accept the Mix of Social and Capitalism and i work in better condition then American Africa standarts! I dont feel no Pity since the Cold War the west has nothing Learn! even Russia Protect their Workers since the Communist Downfall!

  • Brandon Hsia
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  • Matt Viviani
    Matt VivianiΠριν 12 ώρες

    You lost me on the Roseanne comment. You guys spin things too much and too often, I can't believe your reporting.

  • christian schulz
    christian schulzΠριν 12 ώρες

    Why dont you talk about the kids in cages under joe biden ?

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    198linkΠριν 12 ώρες

    Its the 1906 the jungle all over again. Aim for the heart of the people but hit them in their stomach.

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    FlipkensΠριν 12 ώρες


  • Cetti
    CettiΠριν 13 ώρες

    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 firminΠριν 13 ώρες

    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
    BrandonComedicSoupΠριν 13 ώρες

    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 SpieglΠριν 13 ώρες

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

  • Mahmoud Talaat
    Mahmoud TalaatΠριν 13 ώρες

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  • iDrinkJ4ck
    iDrinkJ4ckΠριν 13 ώρες

    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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    rich riΠριν 13 ώρες

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  • SiiNz
    SiiNzΠριν 13 ώρες

    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 PoloΠριν 14 ώρες

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

  • Mary Jane
    Mary JaneΠριν 14 ώρες

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

  • Catrin Nowlin
    Catrin NowlinΠριν 14 ώρες

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  • Barry Macockiner
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  • Voracle
    VoracleΠριν 15 ώρες

    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 TirpákΠριν 15 ώρες

    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
    KahrenheitΠριν 15 ώρες

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

  • Zobeth C
    Zobeth CΠριν 15 ώρες

    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 WebbΠριν 16 ώρες

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

  • Kevin Dueck
    Kevin DueckΠριν 16 ώρες

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

  • Jose DeLosAngeles
    Jose DeLosAngelesΠριν 16 ώρες

    Who's early for Last week's tonight this Monday 😂

  • Hidden
    HiddenΠριν 16 ώρες

    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
    mochabearΠριν 17 ώρες

    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 WootanΠριν 17 ώρες

    Would love to see Tucker Carlson respond to this episode.

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  • Mocking Spongebob
    Mocking SpongebobΠριν 17 ώρες

    I must be packing, the way I got this meat

  • Zarkin Dagnasty
    Zarkin DagnastyΠριν 17 ώρες

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

  • leaf16nut
    leaf16nutΠριν 17 ώρες

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

  • Michael Sanchez
    Michael SanchezΠριν 17 ώρες

    13:48 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • yeshiwork gashu
    yeshiwork gashuΠριν 18 ώρες

    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 McLachlanΠριν 18 ώρες

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

  • 117yessir
    117yessirΠριν 18 ώρες

    Why do you dub instead of subtitle?

  • 4tech69
    4tech69Πριν 18 ώρες

    America is a hell scape.