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appears at Senate Inquiry Hazeldene's could not categorically deny contract workers are paid in cash and at "piece rates", but employment has increased 50 per cent in five years. Related: Meat companies highlighted in foreign worker inquiry Hazeldene's confirmed it engages two Melbourne based contracted companies to bring in staff on 457 and 417 visas to its boning facility, claiming they made up 33 per cent of boners. The two businesses, called ENB Enterprises and Stanley Corporation, are among 184 businesses used at the site to provide staff. The majority of these businesses provide staff for electrical work, plumbing, engineering, pest control and other non core tasks. Hazeldene's people and performance manager Ann Conway could not confirm whether the contracted workers in the boning facility were paid in cash, instead stating "they are being paid appropriately". When asked whether they were paid by how many pieces of chicken they produced, she said the workers were paid "in accordance with the modern award" and she was "confident" they were paid correctly. "The way the invoices come in there is reference to the weight of chicken depending on the cut, which is written into the services agreement," Ms Conway said. The Hazeldene's representatives also claimed the contract staff in the boning facility were "very skilled workers" used to fill a skills shortage. The company could not confirm the difference in pay rates between contract workers and permanent staff, but it carries out "weekly checks" on visa requirements. The company must supply information to the Fair Work Ombudsman by June 29 and has been visited by the immigration department. Staff numbers at Hazeldene's had increased 50 per cent in the last five years from 480 to 720, reflecting an overall increase in demand for poultry products. The company also predicted it would add a further 90 staff over the next five years. Nationals' Senator Bridget McKenzie questioned the impact Ms Chesters' "media campaign" had on the business, asking about whether the company had been "unfairly targeted". Ms Conway said Ms Chesters has connections with the National Union of Workers, which is entering into a bargaining agreement with Hazeldene's later this year. "She does have a strong association with a union, the National Union of Workers," Ms Conway said. "The other thing that is important to note is that Hazeldene's is in a bargaining agreement this year, and we are in the spotlight with the NUW." She said comments from Ms Chesters regarding the company had brought them attention from its major customers Coles, Woolworths and Aldi. "Unfortunately when inaccurate information is reported in the media there is a component that sticks so from a reputational viewpoint we've had a lot of attention from Coles, Aldi and Woolworths," Ms Conway said. The Senate Inquiry into Australia's temporary work visa program was launched by Labor and the Greens earlier this year in response to reported exploitation of foreign workers on 417 and 457 visas. In her submission, Ms Chesters claimed Hazeldene's, Don KR Castlemaine and another central Victorian meat processing company had been exploiting workers on these visa programs.