A company that discriminated against a contractor for not having a union agreement is facing a harsh and rare sanction if the federal watchdog decides to go ahead with a 12 public project ban.
One of the biggest building firms in the country is facing a ban from government funded projects for refusing to engage a tiling business on a Brisbane project because it did not have a workplace agreement in place with the CFMEU.
The construction firm operates in every Australian state, employing over 1300 staff members.
Last month it was ordered to pay penalties of $26,000 due to the incident.
The construction watchdog said subcontractors should not be disadvantaged because their enterprise agreement is not endorsed by a particular union or industry organisation. The judge described this as blatant discrimination.