Meatpacking: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Publicēšanas datums 21 feb 2021
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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  • John is a truly compassionate human being.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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!

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

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

  • How long can USA keep this up?

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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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  • 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?

  • late stage capitalism

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • We have the exact same problem in Germany.

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  • no wonder chicken is so cheap to buy

  • This is exactly what happens when you allow corporate rule

  • Not to mention how obese everyone is

  • 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.

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

  • 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?

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • Glad I live in Canada.

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

  • Holy shit what happened? Is he on prednisone?

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

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Judy Dench is pretty awesome.

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

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

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  • Slavery is alive and well in the US

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Yay capitalism

  • Such eloquence

  • This is one reason, I can’t eat meat and support this industry.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Industries that historically treat their workers like crap don't magically change because there is a pandemic. Proper laws on workers rights is needed.

  • I would not want to be in a knife fight with someone who can process a chicken in 2 seconds

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  • I used to work in tysons dark meat debone department. Every day i went in felt like prison and I didn't eat chicken at all for more than a year afterwards. I now frame houses 6 days a week 8 am to 7 pm w illegals and let me assure you it's better. They don't value employees at all let alone like fam...

  • I think we need to revisit "The Jungle" again seeing as this is how we treat people. Upton Sinclair would be disappointed

  • No mention of Biden again....LWT really misses Trump