POA Circulars

49 | 17.03.2011

POA Website: Open Forum

The National Executive Committee has now established a POA open forum on the POA website to facilitate member’s needs to engage with other members in general discussions. This will be open to all members of the site as of Monday 4th April 2011 and will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

The site has a number of pre-selected categories, which should be used to allow members to engage in open discussions and request a response from the National Executive Committee and or Full Time Officer’s, on specific issues.

This is not a forum to air grievances or raise specific questions on personal cases.

If any POA member wishes to join the forum, they must follow the procedure as set out below and they will be provided with the necessary details.

Using your web browser e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, etc. type the following into the address bar:


This will bring up the POA forum log in page. Here you will see a link at the bottom of the page

Don’t have an account? Apply for membership.

Click on the Apply for membership link and you will be directed to the Forum Membership Application screen.

Here you will need to enter the email address you want to use to receive your Personal Identification Number (PIN) and other notifications from the forum.

Enter your first and last name(s) in their respective boxes and the last 5 digits of your membership number.

Underneath this are the forum use terms which you are required to read and follow when using the forum. Once you have read these and agree with its terms of usage, place a tick in the I agree to the terms of service box, then click on the Apply button below.

If you have provided all of the required information your details will be sent off for processing and you will see the thank you screen.

You are required to agree to the terms and conditions of use for the forum when you sign up, but for your convenience we have included them here for your reference.

I agree to the following terms and conditions of use when using the POA forum. I understand that it is a facility which is monitored, I agree to abide by the rules for its use, and the mutual respect of my colleagues and will not;

Use abusive or derogatory language,
Upload inappropriate pictures, or material,
Accept that replies to any questions posed will be responded to as soon as practicable.
That replies may be the opinion of the individual and not that of the NEC;
Pass on my password to any other person; and
Do anything which may bring the Union into disrepute whilst using this forum.

I accept that if I do any of the above my membership of the forum may be terminated. If any member has their membership to the forum terminated they will have a right of appeal to the NEC whose decision will be final. The appeal will be in the form of a written submission containing no more than 500 words. Any appeal must be forwarded to the General Secretary's office who will ensure the appeal is placed before the executive at the earliest opportunity. Members will normally be advised of the decision within 7 days of the meeting.

This forum is not a substitute for obtaining advice from Branch Officials or legal advice through the POA's Legal Scheme. You should always contact your branch official, the NEC and or the Legal Department in the first instance on work related matters.

If you need to speak to your NEC area representative on a work or personal matter please use the offices of the local POA committee and not this forum, otherwise any response may be unnecessarily delayed.

The current daily hits on the POA web site stand around 400 and if this is replicated in applications to join the forum, the administration of this on a daily basis may well prove difficult and for this reason the National Executive Committee ask members to be patient. The support staff at Cronin House will endeavour to process the applications as quickly as possible.

Thanking you in support and anticipation of your co-operation.


Yours sincerely

General Secretary