CFMMEU district president Stephen Smyth says union will back candidates who support workers’ rights

The mining arm of the Queensland CFMMEU has said it will not back candidates in the federal election who do not support a future for central Queensland coal workers.

The district president of the CFMMEU Queensland mining and energy division, Stephen Smyth, confirmed to Guardian Australia the union – whose membership lives mainly in the marginal seats of Dawson, Capricornia and Flynn – would assess individual candidates and might not automatically endorse Labor.

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