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. John Lange

    John Lange

    4 分钟 前

    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.

  2. Logan X10

    Logan X10

    5 分钟 前

    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.

  3. why tho

    why tho

    22 分钟 前

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

  4. Maniak62


    41 分钟 前

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

  5. Hape Meatbeat

    Hape Meatbeat

    56 分钟 前

    Stories like that really make you appreciate capitalism.

  6. Seth McC

    Seth McC

    小时 前

    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

  7. Frazier Milak

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    小时 前

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  8. Gary Steele

    Gary Steele

    小时 前

    Unfortunately, our government works for businesses, not citizens.

  9. King Third

    King Third

    2 小时 前

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

  10. Kitanael


    2 小时 前

    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!"

  11. Channel 42069

    Channel 42069

    2 小时 前

    5:56 Holy that female Matt Coville?!

  12. mardu general

    mardu general

    2 小时 前

    Unions, you guys need unions

  13. Aaron Smithey

    Aaron Smithey

    2 小时 前

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

  14. Beth Gearhart

    Beth Gearhart

    2 小时 前

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

  15. Internet Omatic

    Internet Omatic

    2 小时 前

    And yet libs will do absolutely nothing to change this.

  16. Skies of bethana

    Skies of bethana

    2 小时 前

    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^^

  17. Sp Who Me?

    Sp Who Me?

    3 小时 前

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

  18. Rob Arentsen

    Rob Arentsen

    3 小时 前

    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.......

  19. Vader Ravan

    Vader Ravan

    3 小时 前

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

  20. Tracy Garner

    Tracy Garner

    3 小时 前

    Those are office workers not factory workers.

  21. Tracy Garner

    Tracy Garner

    3 小时 前

    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.

  22. Thunder ON

    Thunder ON

    3 小时 前

    I really like this show when its not about politics

  23. Akayla Braxxton

    Akayla Braxxton

    3 小时 前

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

  24. Sarah S

    Sarah S

    3 小时 前

    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?

  25. joe momma

    joe momma

    3 小时 前


  26. Elizabeth Ortiz

    Elizabeth Ortiz

    3 小时 前

    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.

  27. Cy2k Cy2k

    Cy2k Cy2k

    4 小时 前

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

  28. Rainydropart -Anna

    Rainydropart -Anna

    4 小时 前

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

  29. Cy2k Cy2k

    Cy2k Cy2k

    4 小时 前

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

  30. Shea Hogge

    Shea Hogge

    4 小时 前

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

  31. Ahmed Amer

    Ahmed Amer

    4 小时 前

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  32. Louise Daniels

    Louise Daniels

    4 小时 前

    Please do a segment on ag-gag laws.

  33. HaploidCell


    5 小时 前

    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.

  34. Tomas Pils

    Tomas Pils

    5 小时 前

    america is just bad country

  35. Jobe 420

    Jobe 420

    6 小时 前

    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

  36. weerwolfproductions


    6 小时 前

    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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  38. Manish Rawat

    Manish Rawat

    8 小时 前

    "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.

  39. Marshall1816


    8 小时 前

    >.> 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!

  40. Brandon Hsia

    Brandon Hsia

    8 小时 前

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  41. Matt Viviani

    Matt Viviani

    8 小时 前

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

  42. christian schulz

    christian schulz

    8 小时 前

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

  43. 198link


    8 小时 前

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

  44. Flipkens


    8 小时 前


  45. Cetti


    8 小时 前

    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!

  46. jack firmin

    jack firmin

    9 小时 前

    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.

  47. Gavin Jordan

    Gavin Jordan

    9 小时 前

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  48. BrandonComedicSoup


    9 小时 前

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

  49. Hans Spiegl

    Hans Spiegl

    9 小时 前

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

  50. Mahmoud Talaat

    Mahmoud Talaat

    9 小时 前

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  51. iDrinkJ4ck


    9 小时 前

    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.

  52. rich ri

    rich ri

    9 小时 前

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  53. SiiNz


    9 小时 前

    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

  54. Ferc Polo

    Ferc Polo

    10 小时 前

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

  55. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane

    10 小时 前

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

  56. Catrin Nowlin

    Catrin Nowlin

    10 小时 前

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  57. Barry Macockiner

    Barry Macockiner

    10 小时 前

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  58. Voracle


    11 小时 前

    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?

  59. Martin Tirpák

    Martin Tirpák

    11 小时 前

    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?)

  60. Kahrenheit


    11 小时 前

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

  61. Zobeth C

    Zobeth C

    11 小时 前

    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.

  62. Jennifer Webb

    Jennifer Webb

    11 小时 前

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

  63. Kevin Dueck

    Kevin Dueck

    12 小时 前

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

  64. Jose DeLosAngeles

    Jose DeLosAngeles

    12 小时 前

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

  65. Hidden


    12 小时 前

    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.

  66. mochabear


    13 小时 前

    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

  67. Daniel Wootan

    Daniel Wootan

    13 小时 前

    Would love to see Tucker Carlson respond to this episode.

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    Valencio Marquis

    13 小时 前

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  70. Mocking Spongebob

    Mocking Spongebob

    13 小时 前

    I must be packing, the way I got this meat

  71. Zarkin Dagnasty

    Zarkin Dagnasty

    13 小时 前

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

  72. leaf16nut


    13 小时 前

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

  73. Michael Sanchez

    Michael Sanchez

    13 小时 前

    13:48 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  74. yeshiwork gashu

    yeshiwork gashu

    14 小时 前

    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

  75. John McLachlan

    John McLachlan

    14 小时 前

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

  76. 117yessir


    14 小时 前

    Why do you dub instead of subtitle?

  77. 4tech69


    14 小时 前

    America is a hell scape.

  78. LilM0istCak3


    14 小时 前

    Thank you. I was waiting for this one

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    James Sheridan

    14 小时 前

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    Gilbert Mozell

    15 小时 前

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  82. Aser Mpoyi

    Aser Mpoyi

    15 小时 前

    Great work John

  83. Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff

    Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff

    15 小时 前

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

  84. MomChemist


    15 小时 前

    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,.

  85. Martha Salomaa

    Martha Salomaa

    16 小时 前

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

  86. Lonnie Born

    Lonnie Born

    16 小时 前

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

  87. whenifeellow


    16 小时 前

    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.

  88. David Hammons

    David Hammons

    16 小时 前

    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.

  89. MforMovesets


    16 小时 前

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

  90. David Hammons

    David Hammons

    16 小时 前

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

  91. goodgamegabi


    16 小时 前

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

  92. NecrontierLord


    16 小时 前

    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.

  93. Juan Hernandez

    Juan Hernandez

    16 小时 前

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  94. William Jones

    William Jones

    17 小时 前

    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.

  95. BlueNeuro


    17 小时 前

    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.

  96. Corby Cobb

    Corby Cobb

    18 小时 前

    How did you not mention "The Jungle"?

  97. plump21


    18 小时 前

    Kill capitalism before it kills us all.

  98. Maximilian Weiss

    Maximilian Weiss

    18 小时 前

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

  99. Flint Ironstag

    Flint Ironstag

    18 小时 前

    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.

  100. Francis Yawson

    Francis Yawson

    18 小时 前

    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.

    • Don'tSpikeMyDrink


      16 小时 前

      lol no