LABOUR laws contributed to the prolonged, violent strikes the country had seen in various industries, the National Employers’ Association of SA (Neasa) said yesterday. “While we agree that the current labour legislation is not a direct or the only driver of the violent strikes, one should not shy away from admitting that labour laws play a huge role in exacerbating unemployment, poverty and inequality,” Neasa chief executive Gerhard Papenfus said. On Sunday, the presidency announced that President Jacob Zuma had signed into law the Labour Relations Amendment Act. Papenfus said the act would fail in creating jobs. – Sapa