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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  • Alessandro Filippi
    Alessandro Filippi36 minutter siden

    America is worse than China by the looks of it. If you are poor in America, you better go live somewhere else. It really sucks.

  • R C
    R C5 timer siden

    I work for a meat processing business. I get paid great and our company has taken very good care of all of us. Not Tyson, but it's a very large company. I don't know how Tyson does their thing, but our company has given us multiple pay raises, provided PPE, testing and started medical leave before the government required it. We've gotten bonuses, they pay for our medical insurance. The whole nine. So, I'm just saying it's unfair to label the entire industry this way.

  • Silver
    Silver5 timer siden

    This may not work for everyone but I suggest buying local. I use to search and bought a chest freezer

  • Kerri L.
    Kerri L.18 timer siden

    Tuckwit Carlson.

  • JLF
    JLF20 timer siden

    What is a "blank $10,000 check"?

  • Videoviewer
    Videoviewer21 time siden

    US is the worst first world country

  • Holland Green
    Holland Green23 timer siden

    Everything he says is true and it’s not nearly as bad as it really. The meat processing companies have the plant workers backs against the walls as well as the farmers contracted to them. It’s hard to imagine worst working conditions except for a war zone a concentration camp or a Haitian prison.

  • T Lindsay
    T LindsayDag siden

    The amount of respect I have lost for your work after finding out you’re associated with the next for autism event is astronomical. If you can’t do the one google search it takes to listen to autistic voices on this matter, then I dont trust you to properly research your stories. Nothing about us, without us!

  • The Opinion of Matt
    The Opinion of MattDag siden

    Fun fact!: In 2008 or 9, I had cooked a grocery store brand chicken patty and put it on a hamburger bun with ketchup and was eating it for lunch. I bit down on something that was in the chicken patty that wasn't meat. I pulled it out of my mouth and looked at it. It very much in appearance and feel resembled a acrylic fingernail. I immediately lost my appetite and threw away the rest of my sandwich. A week later I threw the rest of bag of chicken patties into the woods behind the house, having not eaten another one and coming to the conclusion that I never would. I've never bought another bag of chicken patties of that brand. After this video, I'm more convinced that I've probably eaten part of someone's finger. We stopped buying anything from Tyson after the story about the managers placing bets.

  • Alexn Andum
    Alexn AndumDag siden

    You forgot Betty White on that list.

  • Joshua Cabezas
    Joshua CabezasDag siden

    5:18 I’m mad they used “oink hub” instead of fucking pork hub or pornhog or some shit

  • Custom Money
    Custom MoneyDag siden

    30 years. That man gave up 30 years of his life and they sold him out over being too cheap to follow safety protocol. My chest hurts.

  • Mimi 78
    Mimi 78Dag siden

    Awww... remember when the US only had 256k dead

  • Ethan Gatenby
    Ethan Gatenby2 dager siden

    Worst part is that on top of all this they have to cut dead birds into pieces hundreds, if not thousands of times per day

  • Hannah Morrisey
    Hannah Morrisey2 dager siden

    it's insane how we have gotten to the point in history where we care more about how the animals in the meat industry than the actual people who work in it... *facepalm*

  • Jeff Kalyta
    Jeff Kalyta3 dager siden

    this reeks of the Koch Bros

  • Cody McCollum
    Cody McCollum4 dager siden

    As a factory worker I can confirm yeah shits fucked up man, I got second degree burns all over my left hand when I was 22 and they tried to stop me from going to the hospital, kept demanding I admit it was my own fault and that I wouldn’t be able to get workmans comp for it, and then made me go to a doctor hand picked by the factory who they could then had a company liaison sit in on all my appointments taking away any doctor patient confidentiality because they were looking to fire me and hoping I’d fail a drug test or get something else to document on me

  • Taylor Johnson
    Taylor Johnson4 dager siden

    Now I am not a expert on food processing logistics and pricing. But for a 1.5$ 5$ a hog 20$ a cow all these employees could be provided with fair and equitable healthcare/ insurance policy. A increase in pay and better working conditions with a little to spare.

  • Avraham Goodman
    Avraham Goodman5 dager siden

    In 1906 Upton Sinclair release his book 'The Jungle' which is eerily like this video despite the 114 year gap!

  • Nick Schrombeck
    Nick Schrombeck5 dager siden

    What solutions are there for changing how companies and corporations are fined for worker deaths? I'm sure we start getting into utilitarian territory when we start to think about what the value of a life is, so things can get gray and arbitrary. I have seen in the comments how Finland fines parking violators on a percentage basis as opposed to one of lump sums. Germany implements a ramp-up policy where the fine increases as the number of days an employee can't work increases; the slope here is variable depending on the situation (or something similar to this policy). From looking at it first hand, percentages seem to be the way to go. The more money you make, an hence the more power you accumulate, the harder the fall, more responsibilities there are, and more money you have to cough up. The problem here arises when you look at monopolistic industries where 1 company dominates the landscape, as well as the specific type of industry. What comes to mind are electric utilities. Depending on the scale of the catastrophe, the utility might be fined so hard that in order to stay afloat, they need to lay workers off, cut back which regions/communities have electricity at all, and/or overcharge their customers to make up for the fine. A better system might not be a blanket percentage fine on a company's earning, but possibly something where the percentage is variable between lowest and highest level employees. Think if a company is fined, the majority of the money to pay that fine comes from the CEO, then the next highest comes from CTOs/CFOs/COOs/etc., then business managers, department managers, project leaders, expert employees, intermediate employees, and novice employees. You'd have to figure out how to factor in merit at this point too, since the younger/less experienced worker tends to make the most failures. This solution definitely isn't perfect if I start thinking about merit. Food for though! Take care guys ✌️

  • Alexis Berardi
    Alexis Berardi5 dager siden

    Meanwhile the average American citizen minding their own can pay $1500 for a forgotten speeding ticket-- just under half what s corporation racking billions got fined.... I hate this nation and look forward to witnessing the test of its pathetic spital from another country lol.

  • The lonely Gunner
    The lonely Gunner5 dager siden

    As a ex meat packer, End of the day the customer wants cheaper meat so we had to work harder and faster luckily I was part of a union

  • TheLovelylights
    TheLovelylights5 dager siden

    I'm pretty sure the fast food chain I worked at had more OSHA inspections than these meat packing companies

  • John Danielson
    John Danielson5 dager siden

    John is a truly compassionate human being.

  • Happy Fox
    Happy Fox5 dager siden

    this is a story about the other animals in the meat farms, the workers :)

  • Ragabash Moon
    Ragabash Moon6 dager siden

    a "blank $10,000" check? Huh? That makes no sense, unless he's saying he accepted it and wrote in $10,000? I am confused.

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    Francisco Mackenzie

    5 dager siden

    It means it has no condition or anything on it

  • Birey Anonimoğlu
    Birey Anonimoğlu6 dager siden

    I wouldn't think I would ever cry for a John Oliver video. This was hard. I'm really sorry for all those people and myself as I'm working in a similar job. I worked during the whole pandemic and still working. I felt ill a couple of times but my covid-19 test request was rejected as my "symptoms were mild". Annual pay rise skipped twice "because of the hard times for the business during the pandemic" meanwhile the business received a huge amount of business support from the government, all the head office colleagues worked from home, 70% of head office and shop managers on furlough since April 2020 and getting their 80% of salaries for zero work, some of them are working for the second job and doubled their income. Pandemic hit some of us in the working class really hard, some of us already dead, rest of us become poorer than ever before.

  • Kema Ichijou
    Kema Ichijou6 dager siden

    Are you saying we are eating covid 19 infected chicken? Holy shltch covid-19 spread from human to chicken to us?

  • Amy Pattie
    Amy Pattie6 dager siden

    Australia has similar issues with sheep and pig factories, probably others that I’m not aware of. It’s not good.

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    Benjamin Gal-Or7 dager siden

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  • Rafael Marcelino da Silva
    Rafael Marcelino da Silva7 dager siden

    JBS is a Brazillian company that treats its employees as badly in the Brazil as in US

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  • Coen Commijs
    Coen Commijs8 dager siden

    The meat industry is pretty much legal mobsters selling us the crappiest meat possible. No respect for employees nor for the product they sell. And the majority of people don't even give one flying fuck!

  • Sheen Hunter
    Sheen Hunter8 dager siden

    My mom had been working in construction as a flagger for over 2 years. Many times it's only with men that do not support her going to a restroom. She has had to wear diapers to keep her job.

  • Lexi
    Lexi8 dager siden

    Seriously, with everything happening, when is there gonna be a revolution?

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  • Robert Haskiell
    Robert Haskiell8 dager siden

    I’m a truck driver who does a lot of loads for Tyson, Purdue, Smithfield and JBS. This video only scratched the surface of how gross these places are. There’s a reason I get most of my meat from a local butcher.

  • Mellini Rose
    Mellini Rose9 dager siden

    The more I watch this show, the more I'm convinced that this is the worst country in the world

  • Lawrence Goldfox
    Lawrence Goldfox9 dager siden

    Sometimes it seems as if the USA and China are really not that different

  • Sebastian Thomas
    Sebastian Thomas9 dager siden

    This genuinely made me shed a tear for those people. How could anyone treat a human being like that? It's modern slavery.

  • Fyrverk
    Fyrverk9 dager siden

    How long can USA keep this up?

  • BobExplains
    BobExplains9 dager siden

    I've been a halfatarian for a while now, meaningly I deliberately try to make at least half my meals vegetarian. Seeing the human rights situation of these workers is a strong point in favour of further reducing meat consumption.

  • T Nicholas
    T Nicholas9 dager siden

    When a company says "We treat our workers as family" what they mean is "We think you should prioritize us above everything else in your life in exchange for the bare minimum and we don't believe you deserve boundaries"

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    Global Goods9 dager siden

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    MegaScarletti9 dager siden

    I'm not sure that's the Chad most incels are complaining about...

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    MsHEADbanging10 dager siden

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  • suspectsn0thing
    suspectsn0thing10 dager siden

    For reference, a cursory search puts the number of meatpacking employees at 500,000, which means that 57,543 Covid cases figure accounts for about 11.5% of the total workforce.

  • Peter Jones
    Peter Jones10 dager siden

    Here's the thing, if the workers join a Union, and I strongly recommend the IWW, aka the wobblies, they can collectively bargain for their rights purely by unified lightning strikes if their demands aren't met.. So, for a start, why aren't they wearing chainmail gloves on their holding hand? It's standard H&S practice for all butchers in the UK, unless they're at a much higher grade.. Facemasks on the production line, more spacing, etc, etc.. All far quicker solved by a Union explaining the benefits of happier, safer and therefore more productive staff..

  • Connor Simon
    Connor Simon11 dager siden

    Rewatching this after telling my supervisor “hey my leg hurts and I can’t put a lot of weight on it right now, can I go home?” And got told “just don’t put weight on it then”

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  • beeble2003
    beeble200312 dager siden

    That 0.0003% claim doesn't seem to be true and seems to be based either on confusing income with profit or they forgot to multiply by 100 to get the percentage. JBS's profit in 2020 was about 4.6 billion Brazillial real, which is about $830 million. $15000 is 0.002% of $826 million. Still utter peanuts, but about a hundred times more peanuts than the program claims.

  • David Jarrah
    David Jarrah12 dager siden

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  • Christian Schürch
    Christian Schürch12 dager siden

    "You frankly only need to take a peek inside the way this industry currently operates to draw a pretty simple conclusion": Stop eating meat?

  • Ronie Gerber
    Ronie Gerber12 dager siden

    late stage capitalism

  • luciddre4m
    luciddre4m12 dager siden

    This turns me off to eating meat even more than the act of slaughter itself.

  • Samuel Jackson
    Samuel Jackson12 dager siden

    The workers need to overthrow and destroy these companies. That is the ONLY way we’ll ever be free from exploitation.

  • Maric
    Maric12 dager siden

    america needs goddamn unions

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  • Josie McGraw
    Josie McGraw12 dager siden

    Yet people dig their heels in about their ‘right’ to eat meat, dairy and eggs, and openly mock vegans for not wanting to participate in the food torture system. A mad, mad world we live in.

  • Brett Martin
    Brett Martin12 dager siden

    The delivery of "while a perverted owl...just watches" killed me

  • Argumemnon
    Argumemnon12 dager siden

    That's what happens when profit is the only important thing.

    GTDRIVER24113 dager siden

    We have the exact same problem in Germany.

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  • Xavier Twilight
    Xavier Twilight13 dager siden

    no wonder chicken is so cheap to buy

  • Dagorian Stark
    Dagorian Stark13 dager siden

    This is exactly what happens when you allow corporate rule

  • Kristal Reyes
    Kristal Reyes13 dager siden

    Not to mention how obese everyone is

  • aussiemedia1959
    aussiemedia195913 dager siden

    In Australia OHS issues are raised at a monthly meeting with management representatives and are minuted. Ohs representatives conduct hazard identification and risk assessments. If an OHS representative deems a machine or work practice unsafe they have the power to issue the company with a PIN notice (provisional improvement notice) which gives the company 2 weeks to rectify the problem or that machine or work practice is shut down. If an OHS rep deems a work practice or machine poses an immediate risk they can shut it down immediately. In both of those instances the OHS representative is required to inform the governing body (WorkSafe) immediately. As for the practice of preventing employees using the toilet, an employer would have WorkSafe all over them if they even tried that. America needs to toughen up their Labor laws.

  • Jeremy Kirkham
    Jeremy Kirkham13 dager siden

    Put a box on your head??? How could you seriously ask someone that.

  • J H
    J H13 dager siden

    I love John Oliver, but why did he not read out loud that Asian workers are also being exploited in this industry? When it is clearly written in the article excerpt displayed next to his head about which minority groups are affected by this?

  • RJ
    RJ13 dager siden

    Me, who's kept essentially vegetarian my whole life due to religion: ah yes, a subject that applies to me Edit: False alarm guys, turns out as a US citizen living in the hellscape we call home, it actually DOES apply to me. Fuck

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  • Symphantic
    Symphantic14 dager siden

    5.5K people just had their worldview AND their diet challenged

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    Tran Hong Ngoc14 dager siden

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  • Slapstick Genius
    Slapstick Genius14 dager siden

    Well, Meatpacking doesn’t actually cause COVID.

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  • Ani
    Ani14 dager siden

    Why does this meat 14:44 look so comical deep red as if somebody painted it red

  • Ani
    Ani14 dager siden

    Same shit in germany and Tönjes. Most of the workers there where from east european countrys and lived in flats 3-6 people in one room

  • Ani


    14 dager siden

    Yea just watched all of the video. Usa still so much fucking worse jesus christ. Who neads healthcare anyway?

  • Brian Walley
    Brian Walley14 dager siden

    I used to work investigating compensation claims for the Australian Government. Under the legislation I was administering a worker cannot waive their rights to compensation. Even if someone forces them to sign a waiver it is not legally binding. But of course this is America where everything is f--d up, so anything goes, I guess

  • How to change name?
    How to change name?14 dager siden

    Their employee is as valuable as their products. Completely disposable cannon-fodder

  • Stenman99
    Stenman9915 dager siden

    This is not just this industry, it's a Western management style that seems prevalent across most industries. Just that every now and then, management at one company or industry do something bad enough to get picked up and run by the press.

  • Bruce
    Bruce15 dager siden

    That under the production line incident could have been worse -------- I love being a Vegetarian.

  • Nathan Ellis
    Nathan Ellis15 dager siden

    Lads and gentlemen, I present to you The United States of Murica.. The "greatest" country in the world.

  • Gracie Cab
    Gracie Cab15 dager siden

    If you make 30,000 dollars a year your fine would be .09 cents less than a dime ! let that sink in .......

  • Ivan the Vegan
    Ivan the Vegan15 dager siden

    And this is a good reason to go vegan! Why support companies that treat workers like that

  • Darcie Anderson
    Darcie Anderson15 dager siden

    Industrial scale animal agriculture is deeply damaging to animals and people. Organisations which harm the environment usually don't worry too much about harming people in the process

  • Aydin Ozsakin
    Aydin Ozsakin15 dager siden

    This is just Capitalism at work. Not surprising, just miserable.

  • mack cummy
    mack cummy15 dager siden

    30 years and never called in sick? So he came to work sick?

  • mack cummy
    mack cummy15 dager siden

    Glad I live in Canada.

  • mack cummy
    mack cummy15 dager siden

    I heard of the diapers thing like over 10 years ago.

  • Inservio
    Inservio15 dager siden

    Holy shit what happened? Is he on prednisone?

  • squ ids
    squ ids15 dager siden

    Wait.....miss piggy has a sex tape???

  • Ewan Maynes
    Ewan Maynes16 dager siden

    This should not be news to anyone, companies having been doing this for ages. Just read the Jungle which describes the conditions of trust owned meat factories when Teddy Roosevelt was president.

  • somedeveloperblokey
    somedeveloperblokey16 dager siden

    It's almost as though a capitalist was in charge and changed all the laws to favour the other capitalists... Capitalists who had to be forced by law to behave like human beings in the first place.

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    Sean Webb16 dager siden

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  • Sean Webb
    Sean Webb16 dager siden

    Who won the pool?