The federal government has warned Victoria it could lose up to $7.6 billion in Commonwealth infrastructure funding if the state fails to adopt new rules designed to rein in the influence of militant unions on construction sites.

The threat is unlikely to have any immediate impact, however, as the new rules come into force only if and when stalled legislation to reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission is passed. Releasing a revised version of its Fair and Lawful Building Sites Code 2014, Federal Employment Minister Eric…