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SUPPLY teachers are being denied their rights and entitlements on pay and working conditions by some unscrupulous supply agencies and umbrella companies, teaching union the NASUWT said yesterday. An electronic poll of supply teachers attending a seminar organised by the union in Birmingham found that nearly two-thirds (65%) say they have seriously considered leaving the teaching profession in the past 12 months. It also found that more than four in 10 (42%) say their job satisfaction has declined in the past 12 months, and nearly a quarter (23%) say they often or usually have problems getting supply work or cannot get any at all. Union general secretary Chris Keates said: "Today's poll shows that supply teacher members are routinely being denied the training and support to which they are entitled. "Supply teaching is, by its very nature, often an isolating job but these figures show a worrying rise in stress and drop in morale. "Supply teachers provide a vital resource to schools, but all too often they are being exploited, often by unscrupulous supply agencies. "Supply teachers are often unable to speak out about their treatment by some of these unscrupulous supply agencies due to threats of 'blacklisting'. "The next government must make good on promises to commit to tackling the exploitation of supply teachers and other agency workers."