Regional publisher Johnston Press has revised its plan to cut mileage rates after fierce opposition from staff.
The company had been in discussions over proposals tor reduce the amount paid to staff for using their own cars from 45p a mile to 25p a mile.
However it has now decided that the reduction will only go ahead in respect of claims exceeding 2,000 miles per year.
Under the new policy, the private mileage rate will remain at 45p per mile for the first 2,000 miles claimed in a year.
The company says the majority of staff who currently use their own cars claim fewer than 2,000 miles per annum
A JP spokeswoman said: “The proposal to reduce the private mileage rate is intended to encourage better use of the company’s fleet of cars so employees are not incurring costs using their own vehicles.
“Our priority is still to maximise use of our pool and company cars and we believe the new proposal will help us achieve that while still ensuring employees are recompensed appropriately.”
The NUJ group chapel at JP had strongly opposed the original plan, claiming it would make journalists’ jobs impossible.
Commenting on the company’s latest move, general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “I would like to congratulate the group chapel for standing up against this piece of management nonsense.
“I am pleased that Johnston Press has listened and backed down on a proposal that would have had serious consequences for reporters and photographers. This change of heart by the management shows what unions can do when faced with stupid decisions.”
National organiser Laura Davison added: “We are pleased that the management has backtracked, but there are still concerns over the impact on high mileage users, and the failure of the company to consult over these proposals. “