01/26/2013 04:44 EST | Updated 03/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Faculty at St. Francis Xavier University say bargaining unlikely to resume

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - The union that represents faculty at St. Francis Xavier University says no further talks are planned for this weekend and it is continuing to prepare for a strike on Monday.

Union president Peter McInnis said Saturday evening in an email that he feels the university administration is unlikely to modify its position until a strike has started.

The union says it can't accept the latest contract offer from the administration because the raises on the table are well below the cost-of-living.

University president Sean Riley has released a statement saying progress has been made on many issues but the university believes the union's demands are not reasonable.

A spokeswoman for the administration was unavailable for comment on Saturday.

The St. Francis Xavier Association of University Teachers represents more than 400 members who teach and do research.