Clauses in enterprise agreements which require contractors to employ non-working shop stewards or job delegates, impose union dictated terms and conditions upon subcontractors and obtain union approval regarding numbers and types of workers engaged on projects will be banned under a new national code aimed at curbing union power on federally funded construction projects in Australia.

However, the new rules are unlikely to come into effect at least until the current makeup of the Senate changes in June this year as the legal power to implement the code is contained in the same Bill that reintroduces the Australian Building and Construction Commission and is fiercely opposed…