GMB union member due to appear in Brighton Magistrates arrested again

A UNION member who was due to appear in court for blocking garbage trucks has been arrested again.

GMB regional organizer Gary Palmer was arrested in late May for obstructing the motorway outside the Amberstone Road depot in Hailsham as part of the Wealden litter bin strike.

Palmer, along with two other GMB members, Declan MacIntyre and Carl Turner, have pleaded not guilty to the charges and will appear at Brighton Magistrates Court in Edward Street on November 16.

Palmer was arrested outside the Surrey Heath depot of Amey workers in Surrey today.

Gary Palmer talking to police outside the depot. Video by @GMBSouthern

The garbage collectors started their wage strike from August 1 and will continue to strike until August 19.

Video shows Palmer speaking with officers as he stood outside the depot’s entrance.

Palmer is then handcuffed and escorted to an unmarked police car.

The Argus: Palmer is escorted into the car.  Video by @GMBSouthernPalmer is escorted into the car. Video by @GMBSouthern

Palmer, MacIntyre and Turner have previously claimed their actions on the Hailsham picket line were legal and “free speech”, claiming they had “freedom of protest”.

They are free on bail until the trial date.

A Surrey Police spokeswoman said: “A 62-year-old man was arrested this morning after police were called to deal with ongoing industrial action at the Amey Waste Collection Depot in Surrey Heath.

The Argus: Left to right, Gary Palmer, Carl Turner and Declan MacIntyre with protesters behind them outside Hastings Magistrates CourtLeft to right Gary Palmer, Carl Turner and Declan MacIntyre with protesters behind them outside Hastings Magistrates’ Court

“The man was arrested on suspicion of willfully obstructing the highway. Once he was pulled off the road and provided his contact information, he was arrested. Investigations continue. continue.

“We are working with Amey and our borough council partners to manage the ongoing industrial action over a pay dispute, which is expected to last three weeks.”