ANTIGONISH, N.S. -- The union representing striking faculty at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia says it has given revised contract proposals to the school's administration.

It described the exchange of proposals as constructive in a statement on its website.

The two sides have agreed to continue talks later today.

About 400 professors and academic staff at the school in Antigonish went on strike nine days ago over job security for contract and sessional staff.

The university revised its four-year contract offer on Tuesday, which led the St. Francis Xavier Association of University Teachers to make its counter-offer.

The new offer from the school would increase salaries 1.5 per cent for two years, then by two per cent in the third year and 2.25 per cent in the final year.

The union didn't release details of its counter-offer today, but it had been asking for a 10 per cent salary increase over the four years.

There's about 4,000 students at the university, which has remained open since the strike began.