All Gladstone Catholic schools remain open despite strikes

ALL four of the Gladstone Region's Catholic Schools will stay open tomorrow during the latest stop work action for enterprise bargaining negotiations.

Star of the Sea, St John the Baptist and St Francis Primary Schools will remain open, although with a modified program, while Chanel College will hold using classes for Year 10 and supervision will be provided for students who need to attend in other year levels.

Thursday will be the eighth stop-work action plan in the negotiations, which began in March last year.

Employers continue to offer an annual wage increase of 2.5 per cent - the equivalent to the most recent increase paid to state school teachers.

Earlier this month, the union changed its demand from an across-the-board increase of 3.25 per cent to an amount varying from 2.53 per cent to 4.48 per cent in the first year depending on a teacher's classification.

Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said the employers' offer, which includes backpay, remained open to all employees.

"We respect the rights of employees to take this industrial action but employers have tabled a fair offer in these negotiations."