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. Minimax

    MinimaxPrije 3 sati

    Upton Sinclaire described production workers peeing in the slaughterhouses of chicago in the 1930's. Nothing has changed!

  2. Cody Kay

    Cody KayPrije 3 sati

    "make America great again" People with actual souls: we have the time machine, let's make sure Columbus never gets here

  3. joemikejake

    joemikejakePrije 3 sati

    John Oliver does a pretty excellent job with his sarcastic presentation of some pretty serious issues to consider. I, for one, will never buy another Tyson Meat product until I hear that the company has corrected the error of its ways. (I'm not holding my breath on that one.) The staff cuts at OSHA and the IRS, to name just a couple of government agencies, were initiated under Republican presidencies. Banging the "smaller government" gong, they cut a shitload of positions that check on various industries and taxpayers... and so what do you expect to happen after that? If nobody's looking, those not being checked go off the grid in their illegal activities. The heads of major corporations donate a boatload of dough to GOP candidates across the nation because they know they'll get something for their money. It's "Pay to Play" and it works... so it continues.

  4. FreddyFish

    FreddyFishPrije 3 sati

    The weirdest thing is when people place it on public media this is their working condition and almost nobody politically cares. I know a lot of Americans hate Government and lobby against as little Government control 99% of the time. But if a company can act like this you can use your government to enforce government to have at least some form of ethics. Companies won't do that, they have no incentive. Just a tiny little bit of ethics instead of this absolutely low bar. That's what we do in my European Capitalistic country.

  5. Clarty Boots

    Clarty BootsPrije 3 sati

    Land of the free!

  6. The Messenger

    The MessengerPrije 3 sati

    This is the most important post you will ever read. Every one of us has sinned against God. We’ve lied, we’ve stolen, we’ve sinned sexually, and we’ve taken His name in vain; which makes us liars, thieves, fornicators and blasphemers.. Yet this is only four of our many transgressions. The problem is, we can never ‘outweigh’ our sin with good deeds because God is perfect in Holiness, meaning his standard is beyond our reach. He is also perfect in Justice, meaning, he will bring EVERY sin to light. The punishment for our sin is death, and Hell; a place of Eternal Fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Fortunately God is also perfect in Love, so 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ left his throne in heaven and came to this earth. While here, he lived a perfectly righteous life, only to take the punishment that We deserved; Our sinless creator became Our sin, and endured a gruesome death on a cross for our sake. Right before he died, he said ‘it is finished’.. meaning, the debt for our sins has been paid in full. And on the third day, he defeated death and rose from the grave. So now, we can go free from the wrath of God’s judgement not by earning it, but rather, as a free gift of grace.. Except gifts can be either accepted or rejected. So this is what you must do in response; Humbly admit to God that you have sinned against him, and through gratitude in the sacrifice of his son, repent (turn away) from your old way of life. Then, confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, your savior, and the ruler of your life from this moment forward (Romans 10:9). Do these things, and you will be saved. If you do so sincerely, God will grant you a new heart which no longer finds comfort in sin, but instead desires to read and obey his word. He will also grant you Eternal life in his presence; The greatest pleasure on earth doesn’t even come close to what God is preparing for believers in the afterlife. You’ve been informed; Now the choice is yours. What you do with this information will determine where you spend ETERNITY, meaning, this is the single most critical decision you will EVER make; And all of us here, whether believer or atheist, know deep down that every last word here is true. Jesus Christ awaits YOU this very moment. Don’t even think about sleeping tonight until you surrender your life to him, because your tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.. And as it is written (Hebrews 9 : 27); ‘It is appointed unto man ONCE to die, but after this, THE JUDGMENT’ . All glory, honor and praise to Lord Jesus Christ.

  7. shani yan

    shani yanPrije 4 sati

    "Make America great again." Every sane person: When was America great, again?

  8. Xi Jinping

    Xi JinpingPrije 4 sati


  9. Home Alone Gaming

    Home Alone GamingPrije 4 sati

    JBS is one of the worst and most corrupt companies in the world...there are other full length pieces out there but yeah they are real bad and probably the industry standard. more corporate welfare made law by the GOP...

  10. Jiggaboo Jones

    Jiggaboo JonesPrije 4 sati

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

  11. shani yan

    shani yanPrije 4 sati

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

  12. peaou

    peaouPrije 4 sati

    The rich should read Christmas Carol

  13. Cohl Furey

    Cohl FureyPrije 4 sati

    Yet another reason to go vegetarian.

  14. Paul Schmitt

    Paul SchmittPrije 3 sati


  15. Talon Shepard

    Talon ShepardPrije 4 sati

    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.

  16. Élaine Doumont

    Élaine DoumontPrije 4 sati

    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.

  17. Sujay95

    Sujay95Prije 4 sati

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

  18. Ghalaghor McAllistor

    Ghalaghor McAllistorPrije 4 sati

    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 SWAINPrije 4 sati

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

  20. Fabulous Roy

    Fabulous RoyPrije 4 sati

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

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  22. Mormodes

    MormodesPrije 4 sati

    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)

  23. Enkel Trik

    Enkel TrikPrije 4 sati

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

  24. Joes Di

    Joes DiPrije 5 sati

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

  25. Headsnack

    HeadsnackPrije 5 sati

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

  26. Paul Schmitt

    Paul SchmittPrije 3 sati

    Nice Vegan Anthem, the recording could use a little polishment tho.

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  28. Bryce Creighton

    Bryce CreightonPrije 5 sati

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

  29. David Rewerts

    David RewertsPrije 5 sati

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

  30. Golgotha_Mythos69

    Golgotha_Mythos69Prije 5 sati

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

  31. sarthak khajotia

    sarthak khajotiaPrije 5 sati

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

  32. William Rice

    William RicePrije 5 sati

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

  33. Sam Vidas

    Sam VidasPrije 5 sati

    11:05 personal timestamp

  34. Robert Frapples

    Robert FrapplesPrije 5 sati

    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.

  35. cecily boyd

    cecily boydPrije 5 sati

    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.

  36. arianna

    ariannaPrije 5 sati

    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...

  37. M X

    M XPrije 5 sati

    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.

  38. jechoon

    jechoonPrije 5 sati

    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 .

  39. arianna

    ariannaPrije 6 sati

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

  40. Raoul Roar

    Raoul RoarPrije 6 sati

    The USA is a Hollywood Film

  41. Nick C

    Nick CPrije 6 sati

    "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.

  42. Shu _the_eden

    Shu _the_edenPrije 6 sati


  43. Lex Williamson

    Lex WilliamsonPrije 6 sati

    It’s a good day to be vegan

  44. Paul Schmitt

    Paul SchmittPrije 5 sati

    Every day is a good day to be Vegan :)

  45. H Geez

    H GeezPrije 6 sati

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

  46. MD mohsin Sultan

    MD mohsin SultanPrije 6 sati


  47. Micah Godsey

    Micah GodseyPrije 6 sati

    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

  48. rvScript

    rvScriptPrije 6 sati

    Robot F^

  49. Bro

    BroPrije 6 sati

    Nothing is above us on the food chain

  50. davissae

    davissaePrije 6 sati

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

  51. Steven Wymor

    Steven WymorPrije 6 sati

    Unionize! Then strike.

  52. ScrivoQualcosa

    ScrivoQualcosaPrije 6 sati

  53. hans3844

    hans3844Prije 6 sati

    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 :/

  54. Joel Olsson

    Joel OlssonPrije 6 sati

    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 🤔

  55. Calvin Hobbes

    Calvin HobbesPrije 6 sati

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

  56. Lanchester Naanyane

    Lanchester NaanyanePrije 6 sati

    Another day in America.

  57. Joseph Jill

    Joseph JillPrije 7 sati


  58. Phillip K

    Phillip KPrije 7 sati

    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.

  59. Elder Sun

    Elder SunPrije 7 sati


  60. Charles Fox

    Charles FoxPrije 7 sati

    What can we do? Stop buying their shitty product!

  61. Cory Cole

    Cory ColePrije 7 sati

    Tfw your mom says you have Upton Sinclair at home

  62. Charles Fox

    Charles FoxPrije 7 sati

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

  63. BeastNation2009

    BeastNation2009Prije 7 sati

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

  64. Kalvin Lam

    Kalvin LamPrije 7 sati

    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.

  65. James Forestier

    James ForestierPrije 7 sati

    *cough* unions *cough*

  66. Penny Dupre

    Penny DuprePrije 8 sati

    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.

  67. IvotedBidenBaby!

    IvotedBidenBaby!Prije 8 sati


  68. Beatriz Parga

    Beatriz PargaPrije 8 sati

    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 🤮

  69. D.P. Snyder

    D.P. SnyderPrije 8 sati

    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.

  70. D HG

    D HGPrije 8 sati

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

  71. asymptoticspatula

    asymptoticspatulaPrije 8 sati

    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)

  72. kaziabir1

    kaziabir1Prije 8 sati

    Tyson needs to go out of business

  73. Rebecca Albrecht

    Rebecca AlbrechtPrije 8 sati

    Tagesschau ist besser. Amerikanischer Humor ist mir zu unbeleidigend.

  74. ziljin

    ziljinPrije 8 sati

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

  75. dawn linnell

    dawn linnellPrije 8 sati

    I hope you get a Peabody award for this.

  76. diane shirley

    diane shirleyPrije 8 sati

    Stop eating meat.

  77. Jon Johnson

    Jon JohnsonPrije 8 sati

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

  78. John Morgan

    John MorganPrije 8 sati

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

  79. somebody on the internet

    somebody on the internetPrije 8 sati

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

  80. Unlucky776

    Unlucky776Prije 8 sati

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

  81. Kyle martin

    Kyle martinPrije 9 sati

    Upton Sinclair is rolling in his grave over this.

  82. John Smith

    John SmithPrije 9 sati

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

  83. Crimson Cetra

    Crimson CetraPrije 9 sati

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

  84. Paul Schmitt

    Paul SchmittPrije 5 sati

    This is happening all around the World.

  85. TheTeamDavey

    TheTeamDaveyPrije 9 sati

    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.

  86. pickinduck

    pickinduckPrije 9 sati

    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❗

  87. Gold Mamba

    Gold MambaPrije 9 sati

    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.

  88. Jack F

    Jack FPrije 9 sati

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

  89. Bob Weber

    Bob WeberPrije 9 sati

    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!

  90. Kira1Lawliet

    Kira1LawlietPrije 9 sati

    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.

  91. TRY HYPNOSIS with robito

    TRY HYPNOSIS with robitoPrije 9 sati

    Hi John. You are a difficult person to contact. I offer on donation hypnosis to anyone and everyone to help people connect to their own subconscious and heal emotional and physical pain, especially during these crazy times. And I would really like to make contact with you. Please check my YT channel for contact details. ❤️

  92. Calamity o.O

    Calamity o.OPrije 9 sati

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

  93. ICU

    ICUPrije 9 sati

    Boycott Tyson if you care

  94. truth seeker

    truth seekerPrije 9 sati

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

  95. Megan

    MeganPrije 9 sati

    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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    Awareness with AndrewPrije 10 sati


  99. Araxie Rose

    Araxie RosePrije 10 sati

    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.

  100. Eleanore S

    Eleanore SPrije 10 sati

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

  101. fireballtp

    fireballtpPrije 10 sati

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

  102. Star Smith

    Star SmithPrije 10 sati

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

  103. Zachary Van Stanley

    Zachary Van StanleyPrije 10 sati

    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.

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    Andrew WilkinsonPrije 10 sati

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  105. Auguste Eberle

    Auguste EberlePrije 10 sati

    Another set of reasons why my cousin is vegetarian.