“The very airport in Port Elizabeth has retrenched workers — there is no economy recovery plan, there is no stimulus package, all that we see is people who are busy enriching themselves through tenders.
“As workers we are not saying decolonisation is not a priority.
“They should have done that in 1994 when the national anthem was [changed].
“When the flag was changed, they should have renamed these towns then.
“Priority must be focused on the poor, create job opportunities,” Bloko said.
Workers sang struggle songs as they blocked a number of intersections in the centre, including Govan Mbeki Avenue, causing a minor traffic jam.
Police, metro police and traffic officers monitored the protest.
Saftu’s Eastern Cape provincial convener, Mziyanda Twani, said the government should raise taxes for the wealthy.
“We need more nurses, police, correctional service workers.
“These workers are overworked because there is a shortage of workers and the shortage is affecting service delivery.
“This rate of unemployment is a ticking time bomb in the country — we are going to see things we have seen in other countries, where people implode onto the streets,” Twani said.