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STAFF at Whitby’s largest supermarket have been told some of them will no longer have a job when midnight strikes on 31 December.

For some employees at the Co-op supermarket, in Langborne Road, this year their advent calendars will count down the days they have left at the store, as it has been told to lose 740 hours per week, equivalent to 25 full-time staff – according to Whitby Gazette sources.

The news was broken by an area manager who gathered staff together at a meeting in Whitby last Monday.

An unnamed employee said all staff have received a letter asking them to say if they want to put themselves forward for voluntary redundancy.

They have to give an answer by the end of October, then all staff will be informed of the outcome of these letters on 3 December.

The source added: “There are people here who are very scared of losing their jobs.”

The Co-op currently employs around 150 staff.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Group said: “We have conducted a review of staffing levels at our stores, including our store in Whitby, to introduce fairer and more consistent standards across The Co-operative estate.

“This includes introducing a more accurate way of determining the optimum number of working hours required to run each store, while maintaining the same level of service across all our outlets.

“The reduction in hours in Whitby is equivalent to around 19 full-time members of staff.

“In the first instance, we will be seeking volunteers who wish to apply for redundancy.”