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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  • 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.

    suspectsn0thingsuspectsn0thingVor 12 Stunden
  • 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..

    Peter JonesPeter JonesVor 15 Stunden
  • 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”

    Connor SimonConnor SimonVor 17 Stunden
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  • 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.

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

    Christian SchürchChristian SchürchVor Tag
  • late stage capitalism

    Ronie GerberRonie GerberVor Tag
  • This turns me off to eating meat even more than the act of slaughter itself.

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

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  • america needs goddamn unions

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  • 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.

    Josie McGrawJosie McGrawVor 2 Tage
  • The delivery of "while a perverted owl...just watches" killed me

    Brett MartinBrett MartinVor 2 Tage
  • That's what happens when profit is the only important thing.

    ArgumemnonArgumemnonVor 2 Tage
  • We have the exact same problem in Germany.

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  • no wonder chicken is so cheap to buy

    Xavier TwilightXavier TwilightVor 3 Tage
  • This is exactly what happens when you allow corporate rule

    Dagorian StarkDagorian StarkVor 3 Tage
  • Not to mention how obese everyone is

    Kristal ReyesKristal ReyesVor 3 Tage
  • 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.

    aussiemedia1959aussiemedia1959Vor 3 Tage
  • Put a box on your head??? How could you seriously ask someone that.

    Jeremy KirkhamJeremy KirkhamVor 3 Tage
  • 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?

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  • 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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  • 5.5K people just had their worldview AND their diet challenged

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  • Well, Meatpacking doesn’t actually cause COVID.

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    TonyZTonyZVor 4 Tage
  • Why does this meat 14:44 look so comical deep red as if somebody painted it red

    AniAniVor 4 Tage
  • 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

    AniAniVor 4 Tage
    • Yea just watched all of the video. Usa still so much fucking worse jesus christ. Who neads healthcare anyway?

      AniAniVor 4 Tage
  • 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

    Brian WalleyBrian WalleyVor 4 Tage
  • Their employee is as valuable as their products. Completely disposable cannon-fodder

    How to change name?How to change name?Vor 4 Tage
  • 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.

    Stenman99Stenman99Vor 4 Tage
  • That under the production line incident could have been worse -------- I love being a Vegetarian.

    BruceBruceVor 4 Tage
  • Lads and gentlemen, I present to you The United States of Murica.. The "greatest" country in the world.

    Nathan EllisNathan EllisVor 4 Tage
  • If you make 30,000 dollars a year your fine would be .09 cents less than a dime ! let that sink in .......

    Gracie CabGracie CabVor 4 Tage
  • And this is a good reason to go vegan! Why support companies that treat workers like that

    Ivan the VeganIvan the VeganVor 5 Tage
  • 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

    Darcie AndersonDarcie AndersonVor 5 Tage
  • This is just Capitalism at work. Not surprising, just miserable.

    Aydin OzsakinAydin OzsakinVor 5 Tage
  • 30 years and never called in sick? So he came to work sick?

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  • Glad I live in Canada.

    mack cummymack cummyVor 5 Tage
  • I heard of the diapers thing like over 10 years ago.

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  • Holy shit what happened? Is he on prednisone?

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

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  • 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.

    Ewan MaynesEwan MaynesVor 5 Tage
  • 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 WebbSean WebbVor 5 Tage
  • Who won the pool?

    Sean WebbSean WebbVor 5 Tage
  • Judy Dench is pretty awesome.

    Sean WebbSean WebbVor 5 Tage
  • Just remember that if you eat food from places where workers can't take time off when they are coughing, spluttering and have runny noses, your food will be covered in their emissions.

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  • Beau Pilgrim is exactly that dude from the first season of Preacher.

    Sean CannonSean CannonVor 6 Tage
  • The conditions in meat processing industry are simply appalling. Another horrible example of corporate greed and political corruption.

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  • How about we stop needlessly killing animals and have the people in these death factories harvest plants instead?

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    William HanniganWilliam HanniganVor 7 Tage
  • Slavery is alive and well in the US

    CeeCeeVor 7 Tage
  • The one thing that John had failed to mention and the Texas energy crisis is the reason why Texas is unregulated is because of oil! The landowners did not want the federal government regulating who received what portions of the oil once found therefore they run their own unregulated energy crisis as we have seen for many years but it will remain this way because of oil! Texans love their guns and their oil!

    Renee VRenee VVor 7 Tage
  • this was totally infuriating. is predatory capitalism all that America is about now? these guys need to unionize now. get the United food and commercial workers into all these places and if the company then stupidly opts out of workers comp the union can provide care and a lawyer to do what Americans do best... sue their ass off.

    Eli StoffmanEli StoffmanVor 7 Tage
  • Yay capitalism

    Dan BanksDan BanksVor 7 Tage
  • Such eloquence

    Mohamed OmerMohamed OmerVor 7 Tage
  • This is one reason, I can’t eat meat and support this industry.

    Bailey SargeantBailey SargeantVor 7 Tage
  • there's at least three zeros missing from that fine and some serious jail time too - america leading the world, in the race to the bottom of the cess-pit

    Alasdair WhyteAlasdair WhyteVor 7 Tage
  • I live in a small town in Texas where one of the Tyson plants are. It’s one of the biggest employers in our area and everything Oliver is talking about is true. They treat their people like shit, but people can’t quit because they need the job. My brother currently works at one of these plants. He works 14 hour work days slicing up animal guts and barely gets a lunch break.

    SavariiSavariiVor 8 Tage
Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)