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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  • Jennifer Webb
    Jennifer Webb21 minuta temu

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

  • Kevin Dueck
    Kevin Dueck49 minut temu

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

  • Jose DeLosAngeles
    Jose DeLosAngeles56 minut temu

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

  • Hidden
    Hidden58 minut temu

    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
    mochabearGodzinę temu

    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 WootanGodzinę temu

    Would love to see Tucker Carlson respond to this episode.

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  • Mocking Spongebob
    Mocking Spongebob2 godzin temu

    I must be packing, the way I got this meat

  • Zarkin Dagnasty
    Zarkin Dagnasty2 godzin temu

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

  • leaf16nut
    leaf16nut2 godzin temu

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

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    Michael Sanchez2 godzin temu

    13:48 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • yeshiwork gashu
    yeshiwork gashu2 godzin temu

    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 McLachlan2 godzin temu

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

  • 117yessir
    117yessir2 godzin temu

    Why do you dub instead of subtitle?

  • 4tech69
    4tech693 godzin temu

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    LilM0istCak33 godzin temu

    Thank you. I was waiting for this one

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  • Aser Mpoyi
    Aser Mpoyi4 godzin temu

    Great work John

  • Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff
    Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff4 godzin temu

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

  • MomChemist
    MomChemist4 godzin temu

    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,.

  • Martha Salomaa
    Martha Salomaa4 godzin temu

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

  • Lonnie Born
    Lonnie Born4 godzin temu

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

  • whenifeellow
    whenifeellow4 godzin temu

    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.

  • David Hammons
    David Hammons5 godzin temu

    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.

  • MforMovesets
    MforMovesets5 godzin temu

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

  • David Hammons
    David Hammons5 godzin temu

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

  • goodgamegabi
    goodgamegabi5 godzin temu

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

  • NecrontierLord
    NecrontierLord5 godzin temu

    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.

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    William Jones5 godzin temu

    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.

  • BlueNeuro
    BlueNeuro5 godzin temu

    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.

  • Corby Cobb
    Corby Cobb6 godzin temu

    How did you not mention "The Jungle"?

  • plump21
    plump216 godzin temu

    Kill capitalism before it kills us all.

  • Maximilian Weiss
    Maximilian Weiss7 godzin temu

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

  • Flint Ironstag
    Flint Ironstag7 godzin temu

    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.

  • Francis Yawson
    Francis Yawson7 godzin temu

    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.

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    5 godzin temu

    lol no

  • Lance Ross
    Lance Ross7 godzin temu

    Really unusual this episode starts with John touching up on Cuomo's nursing home cover-up and procedure , meat packing, and Ted Cruz. Out of the 30 minute episode, 98% is about Ted Cruz and the meatpacking. John considers himself moral and a voice for the people. 28 minutes of covering partisan issues to his favoring where maybe 200 people died versus the Cuomo event where thousands died. Cuomo received 10 seconds of airtime. What a partisan hack that has a moral compass that needs to be reset.

  • Alexander The Great
    Alexander The Great7 godzin temu

    this show is basically a British guy demonstrating how capitalism is a horrible and inhumane social order for 20 minutes every week

  • Peter A
    Peter A7 godzin temu

    Same corona problems at the meat industry in Europe.

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    1PandaArmy47777 godzin temu

    He would know a lot about packing meat his boyfriend said.

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    4lottisintellect8 godzin temu

    So sad and infuriating. Gonna start buying organic only. Thanks John.

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  • Russel Chiodo
    Russel Chiodo8 godzin temu

    A lot of people never worked a job alongside people who got life altering injuries and were then intimidated and dominated by an employer colluding with the healthcare provider ... and it shows.

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    Mean Dad8 godzin temu

    This is America. Nothing will ever change.

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  • Fernando Takeshi Sato
    Fernando Takeshi Sato9 godzin temu

    Problem: caused by heavy regulation and lobbying Solution: more regulations! Rinse and repeat.

  • Lisa Shadowprinces
    Lisa Shadowprinces9 godzin temu

    In Germany we also had many big Covid outbreaks caused by meat packing factories with simular contutions. I'm pretty sure most industrialised countries have them. It's just horrible ...

  • Gene Stewart
    Gene Stewart10 godzin temu

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  • the Merc
    the Merc10 godzin temu

    Wow.. this show is doing God's work.

  • SkatingErinsMom
    SkatingErinsMom10 godzin temu

    Mr. Oliver, a related and excellent article by Jane Mayer, Trump and Mountaire chicken processing, and exploiting "essential" (aka minority, immigrant, and low-income) workers: So glad you are back!

  • matenzo
    matenzo10 godzin temu

    Kind of assumed this sort of thing would be mostly automated by now. I guess I kind of expected it to be like in a 90s cartoon, a long automated cutup line with a bunch of giant hammers and sawblades coming outta nowhere (I am that dumb yes).

  • Jaques Studly
    Jaques Studly10 godzin temu

    The real question is why CNN hires white supremacists like Jim Acosta.

  • stefanc7
    stefanc710 godzin temu

    Good suggestions AND you can also simply stop eating animals.

  • Raymond Kidwell
    Raymond Kidwell10 godzin temu

    Real news instead of just talking about politics. I appreciate it.

  • M D
    M D11 godzin temu

    Not only animals are abused but also the workers go thru mistreatment? Unfrigin real! Just watch a video on how animals are treated and you will stop eating meat. We don’t treat dogs like that.

  • niduoe stre
    niduoe stre11 godzin temu

    So ummm... Socialism is evil? Capitalism works fine and everyone works perfectly eh?

  • Okay VII
    Okay VII12 godzin temu

    and i was thinking europe was a bad place to live in people in china have better working conditions then the USA has to offer

  • Brian K
    Brian K12 godzin temu

    Go vegan

  • Naveen Silva
    Naveen Silva12 godzin temu

    I find the show pretty informative and enjoy watching it, but the jokes and analogies need a lot of work...

  • niduoe stre

    niduoe stre

    11 godzin temu

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  • Zena AL
    Zena AL12 godzin temu

    Will anything ever change ? I honestly don't think so

  • Psyche Desiree Een Castillo
    Psyche Desiree Een Castillo12 godzin temu

    The people near the top of the hierarchy can sometimes be the most worthless and corrupt. The workers who actually do the work are treated inhumanely- just because they are deemed "replaceable" with other vulnerable people. F'*** this world.

  • GRiZfam 303
    GRiZfam 30312 godzin temu

    Is this episode about the backstreet boys reunion tour?

  • Madman Asa
    Madman Asa12 godzin temu

    This is a rare case where it is justified to like or dislike this video equally Because the truth is excruciatingly painful. 16:09 is an absolute tragedy unlike nearly anything I've ever heard, and we have heard a lot.

  • Vermicious Knid
    Vermicious Knid12 godzin temu

    Wow, talk about timely... I was just offered a job at a local chicken processing plant as an occupational nurse. I can understand the frustration of the employees thinking we really can't do anything to help them and they are correct. All we are legally allowed to do is basic first aid (bandaids and Tylenol) and refer them to the weekly on-site doctor for chronic conditions. Obviously if there is an urgent situation we are the first ones to respond and have to call 911. I would also be in charge of worker's comp claims, being told that I have to "weed out the fakers since no one really wants to do this job." Yeah, no shit. It's cold, wet, and they are constantly covered in chicken parts. Plus I got that casual racism vibe that's unfortunately very common down here in the deep South, as most of the workers are either minorities and ex-cons. Definitely a lot to consider before I accept the offer.

  • LANgamer
    LANgamer13 godzin temu

    Hey come to Finland, we got some work for u!

  • girzwald3
    girzwald313 godzin temu

    Dear John, Stop writing your own jokes. -Everyone

  • Guillaume Paré
    Guillaume Paré14 godzin temu

    «Perdu » is « lost » in french. So we can say Jim is LOST.

  • Innova
    Innova14 godzin temu

    All of the likes are fake.

  • James Handson
    James Handson14 godzin temu

    I used to work at pilgrims pride. So this one hits home. They have paperwork that tells you what each of your limbs are worth to the company and how much you will get off you accidentally lose one.

  • Jamtron
    Jamtron15 godzin temu

    I thought the gerbil was drinking milk that had too many artificial growth hormones in it and that’s why it was big and strong. Great first pass. Let’s make that clear in the second cut please!

  • AggieToday
    AggieToday15 godzin temu

    This is literary the sort of thing that keeps me up at night

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  • Star
    Star15 godzin temu

    Remember, the solution isnt to go fucking vegan. The solution is voting for people that care about unions and worker's rights

  • Star


    2 godzin temu

    @Love Love But your individual footprint is a drop compared to ANY factory, don't get swept up in the "its actually ALL our fault" propaganda from the fossil fuel industry

  • Love Love

    Love Love

    11 godzin temu

    Going vegan/reducing meat is good for the environment. It reduces your carbon footprint.

  • Star
    Star15 godzin temu

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  • bob lupo
    bob lupo16 godzin temu

    Good show.. but when I watched the birds get butchered, I gagged in front of my child...

  • dandycliff2
    dandycliff216 godzin temu

    Meatpackers are only going to get fucked over again when the next pandemic comes thanks to human's evil treatment of animals and evil companies.

  • Андрей Пушкарь
    Андрей Пушкарь16 godzin temu

  • D Molina
    D Molina16 godzin temu

    BOICOT MEAT ALREADY What more proof do you need? Torture, animal rights, social rights, illegality, deforestation, climate change...

  • lorenzo donadio
    lorenzo donadio16 godzin temu

    Let's boycott these companies by just reducing our meat intake while also helping the environment, win win situation!

  • Victor Ch
    Victor Ch16 godzin temu

    Lol 😂