Why I’m an Elevated Staff Member
I’ve been working at an elevation lab in New Delhi for a year now.
I have three colleagues in the laboratory and one of them has raised his salary by more than 10 lakhs in recent years.
This is in spite of my being an elevator staff member, which is not uncommon in India.
When I started out, the lab had one elevator staff.
It was always a group of three, and we would get together in the morning, eat dinner and then head to work.
Now, however, there is a four-member team, and the elevators are also manned by five people.
We work in an office with a shared elevator and one elevator car, which means the four people in the office are always in the same elevator car.
So, we have to be very careful.
We are not going to be able to go to our work even if we wanted to.
One of the elevator car drivers, Rakesh Chaturvedi, told me that even if he had to go out and work, he would not dare.
He said: I don’t want to go on an elevator because I know it is dangerous and that there are people who can jump.
The other elevator driver, Vijay Sharma, told him that if a staff member goes out to work, then they have to go back to their own elevator and wait for the elevator car to come.
There is a constant stream of staff coming and going.
It has become a constant cycle of staff and staff coming, staff coming again and staff returning.
I have to tell you, we don’t sleep.
Our only sleep is in the elevations.
At work, the elevating process is not always comfortable.
When we are elevating at night, there are a lot of people, and I can tell them that I’m not going on my own.
So, we just leave.
We don’t take a rest, so when we come back, we go back in the elevator.
It is just a regular routine, and it has to be done as a group.
Sometimes I feel that our employees are not getting paid as they should be.
I feel very sorry for them.
It is a very dangerous situation.
There are many people working in elevators, and you don’t know who is in front of you.
So you need to know who has the power and who is not.
If you have any questions, you can talk to us on the phone.
We can help you.
If we do not, then you have to come to us and we will do something about it.
Rakesh told me: It is difficult because we have never had any problems with our employees.
They work hard and they deserve it.
You do not have to do what we are doing.
Our employees, however are not happy with our work.
The workers have not been paid for the last five years and we are getting less money.
The elevators have become very dirty.
If the employees do not get paid, then it will be a big problem.
If you are interested in doing your work in elevating, you need the latest training.
I suggest that you start with a basic training course.
After working at the elevation lab for a month, I have been told that my salary is around Rs. 40,000.
A senior staff member of the lab told me, ‘This is a good amount.
It’s only around Rs 40,00 per day.
But you need a basic level of training to be paid.’
It seems that the elevational environment is not the same as in the offices of most other elevators in the city.
My colleague said, ‘I have been working in an elevator for 10 years and I don,t feel safe at all.
I have had to use a specialised lift for several months to get to work.’
I do not want to be seen in the public places at work.
I want to get away from the work, and there is no way I can leave my office at 6.30 am without being followed by the police.
So I have taken my own precautions.
Even if I had to leave the office, I do not feel safe.
There is always someone who has a gun, a knife or a hammer in their hand.
My office is always surrounded by security cameras and CCTV.
I am afraid of getting arrested.
I do my best to work from home and not get caught.